Pakistani militants kill 15 security officers
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- Pakistani militants claimed Thursday to have killed 15 security force members they kidnapped last month close to the Afghan border, showing that not all insurgent factions are interested in reported peace talks with the government.
The Pakistani army said it was investigating.
The men were members of the Constabulary Corp, a paramilitary outfit active in the border region with Afghanistan.
The insurgents kidnapped them during a Dec. 22 attack on a Pakistani security base in the border region.
Pakistan Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan said in a phone call to The Associated Press the men were shot and their bodies dumped Thursday in North Waziristan district.
In recent months, some militant commanders and intelligence officials have claimed peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, one of the largest and most deadly militant groups, were under way. But other Pakistani Taliban commanders have dismissed this, and sporadic attacks have continued.
Tribal leaders and analysts speculate that the group, which has been pounded by Pakistani army offensives and American missile strikes over the last few years, is riven with internal splits.