Monday, February 19, 2018

21 missing Pakistani policemen found shot dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Twenty-one tribal policemen believed to have been kidnapped by the Pakistani Taliban were found shot dead in Pakistan's troubled northwest tribal region early today, government officials said.

Officials found the bodies shortly after midnight in the Jabai area of Frontier Region Peshawar after being notified by one policeman who escaped, said Naveed Akbar Khan, a top political official in the area. Another policeman was found seriously wounded, Khan said.

The 23 policemen disappeared before dawn Thursday when militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons attacked two posts in Frontier Region Peshawar. Two policemen were killed in the attacks.

Militants lined the policemen up on a cricket pitch late Saturday night and gunned them down, said another local official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion fell on the Pakistani Taliban, which has been waging a bloody insurgency against the government for the past few years. The tribal region is the main sanctuary for the Taliban in Pakistan.

COUGH SYRUP DEATHS: Pakistani authorities are investigating allegations that cough syrup has killed 33 people in the eastern city of Gujranwala and nearby villages over the past three days, a government official said Saturday. It is the second time in recent months medicine is suspected of causing multiple deaths.

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