Militants kill former intelligence officer in NW Pakistan

21:26, April 30, 2010      

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A former Pakistani officer of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) abducted last month by militants was found dead Friday in northwest Pakistan's tribal area, local sources said.

Khalid Khawaja's body was found near Mir Ali town of North Waziristan. A group named Asian Tigers claimed responsibility for the killing in a letter attached to the body.

The letter noted that Khawaja was killed because of his "link with U.S. intelligence agency CIA and his role in Lal Masjid (red mosque) operation."

Khawaja was abducted along with another ISI's ex-official Imam and Assad Qureshi, a British journalist of Pakistani origin on March 26. They went to the volatile North Waziristan to film a documentary about Taliban.

Local sources said on condition of anonymity that he was killed last night.

A few days ago the militants released a video showing Khawaja confessed that he and his wife were involved in creating conditions for operation against Lal Masjid (red mosque) in Islamabad in 2007.

Recently, Khawaja was pursuing cases of missing persons and advocating against U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal area as a human rights activist.

Source: Xinhua


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