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Pakistani Militants Kill Kidnapped Troops

The Pakistan Taliban claim to have killed 15 Pakistani security forces after kidnapping them last month.
Militants in Pakistan have killed 15 members of Pakistan's security force who they had kidnapped last month.

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban said the men had been killed in revenge for military operations against the militants in tribal areas near the Afghan border.

Local officials confirmed that 15 bodies, with signs of torture and gunshot wounds, had been found in the North Waziristan tribal area.

The insurgents kidnapped the men on December 23 during an attack on a Pakistani security base in North Waziristan.

compiled from agency reports