The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP), an al Qaeda ally, captured more than 20 Pakistani police Levies outside the northwestern provincial capital of Peshawar, after launching a series of assaults on checkpoints outside of the city. Reports indicate that between 20 and 30 policemen were captured and eight were killed during the raids. From Reuters:
At least 22 men were missing, two had been killed and one was injured after militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and rifles launched the overnight attacks, said Naveed Akbar, a regional official whose remit covers the Levies, or tribal force, units.
Other Pakistani officials said at least 30 men had been taken, a figure echoed by Taliban spokesmen.
Eight of the paramilitary soldiers have been killed, Taliban spokesman Mohammed Afridi said in Khyber agency, or region. He said the group had captured 30 soldiers. Another spokesman, Ihsanullah Ihsan, said 33 were taken.
If the past is any indication of the future, it won’t end well for the captive policemen. The Taliban publicly executed the last two groups of Pakistani soldiers and policemen who were captured. In June 2012, the Taliban beheaded a group of 17 Pakistani soldiers who were captured in Dir. And in June 2011, dozens of policemen were captured and subsequently executed via firing squad.
Updated on Dec. 30, 2012
This was all too predictable. The Taliban has executed 21 of the 23 captured policemen.