DAWN - the Internet Edition

January 02, 2009 Friday Muharram 04, 1430

PARACHINAR,
Jan 1:
The Taliban publicly executed an alleged ring leader of a gang of kidnappers in the Kurram tribal region on Thursday.

The militants had charged Mohammad Yaqoot Khan with kidnapping two Sikh men in Tora Warai area of Central Kurram.

A large crowd watched the hanging of the man in the main Sadda bazaar. Later the militants sprayed his body with bullets.

It is the first incident of public execution in Lower Kurram.

Meanwhile, Political Agent Arshad Majeed told journalists here that fool-proof security arrangements had been made for Muharram.

He said all points linking Kurram with Afghanistan would be sealed from Jan 4. Besides, paramilitary forces were being deployed in sensitive areas and at places of worship.

People have also set up peace committees and deputed volunteers at Imambargahs.

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