DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Aug 27: Pro-Taliban militants have released a video of an apparently teenage boy beheading one of 16 paramilitary soldiers kidnapped in South Waziristan.

The 35-minute video, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, entitled “Revenge” first shows the 16 soldiers, all of them in uniform.

Four teenage boys with Kalashnikov assault rifles, daggers and headbands with jihadi slogans are then shown along with one of the soldiers kneeling in front of them.

One boy cuts off the soldier’s head using a knife and holds it up for the camera. The soldier’s body was recovered on August 14 from a nearby town.

The video shows the victim saying just before his death that “security forces should not fight against the Taliban”.

Military spokesman Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad strongly condemned the video, saying he had not seen the recording but was aware of its existence.

“It proves that they are terrorists. It is an act contrary to tribal customs and is also a cowardly act to kill an unarmed human being,” he said.—AFP

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