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Taliban executes 15 Pakistani soldiers
A terrifying new Taliban video captures the gruesome final moments of 15 Pakistani soldiers who were executed at close range by a firing squad.
The terror group released the disturbing footage over the weekend of the 15 blindfolded troops from Pakistanâ€™s Frontier Corps being gunned down from behind by bloodthirsty Taliban fighters to the chant of â€œGod is greatest!â€
The Taliban claimed that it went public with the video of the brutal executions on the side of a hill as a warning to Pakistanâ€™s massive army, with which it has been locked in a deadly conflict that has claimed more than 1,000 lives.
â€œTo avenge those comrades, we will kill these men,â€ a bearded man carrying a rifle vows on the video, according to Reuters.
â€œWe warn the government of Pakistan that if the killing of our friends is not halted, this will be the fate of you all.â€
The doomed Pakistani paramilitary troops had been abducted last month during a late-night raid on a Taliban stronghold in a lawless Pakistani tribal area.
â€œThey tied our hands, put us in a Datsun and took us away,â€ one of the men said just before he was shot to death.
The nearly three-minute video shows the men standing in a row with their hands bound while their captors rant about getting revenge for 12 of their dead comrades.
â€œWe will cross all limits to avenge your blood!â€ chant the Taliban murderers, alluding to their fighters who died against the Pakistani forces.
The gunmen take turns pumping bullets into the blindfolded men, with blood blasting out of their heads.
The video then shows the Taliban captors standing over the dead, bullet-riddled bodies of the Pakistanis.
â€œIf the killing of our friends is not stopped, this will be the fate of all infidel armies, God willing!â€ one militant crows.
The two sides have entered into tentative peace talks, and Marc Grossman, the US special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, yesterday said the Taliban needs to make a â€œclear statementâ€ against terrorism.
But the release of the video â€” distributed on compact discs and peddled in street markets â€” isnâ€™t likely to help matters, a senior Pakistani official told Reuters.
A commander with the Frontier Corps vowed that morale would remain high among his men despite the release of the bloody footage.
â€œOur soldiers enlist because they want to sacrifice for their country,â€ Majeed Marwat said, adding, â€œWe are taking care of the families of the martyred soldiers.â€
The bodies of the men, all of them Mulagori tribesmen, were discovered on Jan. 5. A Frontier Corps officer was suspended for failing to rescue the kidnapped soldiers, whose families received about $1,600 apiece from a Corps fund.