A video of a Pakistani Taliban commander posing with a dozen severed heads has been sent to AFP. The heads reportedly belong to Pakistani army soldiers, 15 of whom are missing following a recent clash.
Al Arabiya reported Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Sirajud Din sent the video with the message:
“Praise be to God that the mujahideen in Bajaur agency have managed to kill the infidel soldiers of Pakistan. Many of them were killed by bullets, 12 of them as you see have been beheaded, you see 12 heads here, and more heads are on the way.”
An official confirmed 15 soldiers are missing. Clashes occurred between Pakistan army troops and Taliban militants in the Pakistan village of Batwar, Bajur area, close to the border with Afghanistan.
According to the VOA reporters that have seen the video said "Several militants are standing over the heads, including one holding a large ax."
Just over a week ago Mullah Dadullah, described by the Guardian as "the self-proclaimed Taliban leader in Pakistan's Bajur tribal" was killed by a NATO air strike, along with 19 others.