Taliban return 15 FC men, dead

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The dead bodies of 15 Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel abducted by Taliban militants on December 22 were found in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on Thursday morning. According to details, Taliban militants attacked an FC fort at Mulazai, Tank on December 22, and took 15 FC men hostage after killing two soldiers. Reportedly, the Taliban had shifted the hostages to North Waziristan. Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ehsan claimed the responsibility for killing the FC troopers to “avenge” the deaths of Qari Kamran and his 11 accomplices in a military action in Kamarna, Khyber Agency on January 1. He also demanded the release of Kamran’s family members, including three women and two children, detained by security forces after the military operation, while warning of “dire consequences” in case of non-compliance.