Barbaric Taliban twist on executing 'US spies'
Usually, when the Taliban capture so-called "US spies" whom they accuse of working with the Pakistani government or providing information for the US air campaign in the tribal areas, the victims are shot and killed, or occasionally, beheaded or mutilated in some way. The "spies" almost always have a note pinned to their chests warning others that this is their fate if they cross the Taliban. But today, the Taliban added a cruel, even more barbaric twist to their executions: they strapped suicide vests to two so-called "spies" and detonated the victims in front of a crowd. From Reuters:
Five masked militants paraded the hand-cuffed men before dozens of people in the Datta Kheil [note, that is Datta Khel, the al Qaeda stronghold] area and accused them of passing information to the United States on targets for its CIA-operated pilotless drone aircraft.
"They strapped explosives around their bodies and then blew them up," a Pakistani intelligence official in the region told Reuters by telephone.
Since 2004, the Taliban have executed hundreds of people in the tribal areas in an effort to uproot the tribal order and impose their own. Those killed are often tribal leaders or elders who oppose or do not actively support Taliban rule. To cover their tracks, the Taliban often label these victims as US spies.