Islamabad - Taliban militants on Wednesday released a
video showing severed heads of 17 Pakistani soldiers who they claimed
to have killed in a cross-border attack on a check post in Pakistan.
beheading, claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, took place on
Sunday when Taliban militants from Afghanistan infiltrated into the
northwestern district of Upper Dir.
A senior security official in
the northwestern regional capital of Peshawar on Wednesday confirmed
that a total of 17 soldiers were targeted by the attackers who came from
the eastern Afghan province of Kunar.
"Six troops were killed on the first day and another seven were slaughtered the next day," the official said.
"Four were missing and now they have also been beheaded," he said.
Dir, a key border transit route, neighbours Swat valley where Pakistan defeated a local Taliban insurgency in 2009.
officials blamed the attack on loyalists of Pakistani cleric Maulana
Fazlullah, who fled to Afghanistan after losing control of Swat to the
The video prepared by the Taliban's media wing shows 17
severed heads of soldiers placed on a white sheet while masked men stand
behind clutching assault rifles captured from the soldiers.
Local security officials confirmed that all the victims were Pakistani soldiers.
and Pakistan have long blamed each other for Taliban violence plaguing
both sides of their porous, mountainous border.
Pakistan says rebels have regrouped in eastern Afghanistan.
Afghan and US officials want Pakistan to eliminate Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked havens used to launch attacks in Afghanistan.