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10-14-2010, 04:53 AM
Pakistan: Militants kill three anti-Taliban elders in Mohmand


KHAR, (AP): Suspected militants killed three anti-Taliban tribal elders tasked with protecting their areas from insurgents in northwestern Pakistan, a government official said.

Two elders were also wounded in the overnight shootout in the Bazai area of Mohmand tribal region.

Pakistan has encouraged tribal leaders to form anti-Taliban militias in Mohmand and other tribal regions.

Militants have in turn killed scores of tribal elders.

A government administrator Javed Khan said Wednesday that the shootout occurred at a checkpoint set up along a road. The alleged insurgents fired on the tribesmen when they were asked to halt.