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Suspected Taliban militants reportedly strapped explosives to two men accused of being U.S. spies and blew them up in a public execution in northwest Pakistan.

Intelligence officials and residents said the killings took place on May 20 in North Waziristan, an Al-Qaeda and Taliban sanctuary on the Afghan border where the United States has stepped up missile attacks by drone aircraft against suspected militants.

An intelligence official said five masked militants paraded the handcuffed men before dozens of people in the Datta Kheil area and accused them of passing information to the United States on targets for the pilotless aircraft.