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Funerals Held In Pakistan For Suspected Militants

16 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Thousands of Pakistani tribesmen turned out for the funerals of three of 24 suspected militants killed inside Pakistan by U.S. forces on 14 July.

Tribesmen in the Waziristan region that borders Afghanistan shouted anti-U.S. slogans as they buried the three suspected militants.

A local prayer leader said all of Waziristan is prepared to wage jihad.

Pakistani officials say most of those killed were Taliban or Al-Qaeda fighters.

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, suspected Taliban fighters hanged Malik Agha, a pro-government tribal leader in southern Zabul Province after he was seized on his way to Friday prayers. They accused him of being an American spy.

In eastern Khost Province, police chief Ghafar Khan says a powerful Taliban commander wanted by U.S. and Afghan forces has surrendered under an amnesty scheme.

Mullah Gulshah Wazir, locally known as Mullah Tiktar, surrendered yesterday.