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Anti-Taliban tribal elder killed in Pakistan

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The bullet-riddled body of an anti-Taliban tribal elder has been found in Pakistan's north-western Mohmand area, police say.

Ameer Saiyed, a member of the tribal peace committee, was taken from his home by Taliban militants on Thursday.

His body was found on Friday morning near his home in Wali Kor village.

In a separate incident, another anti-Taliban tribal elder, Shahfur Khan, was killed in a roadside bombing in the nearby Bajaur area, officials said.

Mr Khan was returning to his home in Badan village to receive guests after prayers marking the start of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha when the bomb exploded, killing him and wounding three others, news agency Associated Press quoted local officials Jamil Khan and Abdul Malik as saying.

Violence has increased in Pakistan's tribal areas along the Afghan border since the army launched an anti-Taliban offensive in South Wazisitran district in mid-October.

Tribal elders are influential people in north-western Pakistan.

Many of them have joined with the authorities and are being targeted by Taliban militants.



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