A video showing policemen lined up on a hillside with their hands tied behind their backs and later shot down by Taliban gunmen has been released.
The shocking footage was reportedly shot in the restive northwest of Pakistan and shows executive-style killing of 16 policemen, who were standing with hands tied behind their backs in front of gunmen, who berate them and subsequently shoot them.
It has been reported that the video was shot in the month of June and that was the time when militants crossed the Afghan border and kidnapped the policemen.
The authenticity of the video has been confirmed by the spokesman of Pakistan Army and according to him, the footage seems an authentic one.
Not only the video has been released, but a note detailing the capture of the policemen has also been released by the militants. It says that during a cross border raid from Afghanistan in June, these policemen were kidnapped from the volatile district of Dir in Pakistan.
After killing these men, the militants left the dead bodies, which were later discovered by the locals. Yet another mobile footage shot by a policeman shows local residents discovering the corpses. The video has been received by BBC.
The district of Dir has been a regular target of the insurgents and hundreds of militants are reportedly living in the town of Shalato in a remote corner of Dir that is in close vicinity of the Kunar province of Afghanistan.
The clash as mentioned in the note not only resulted in kidnapping of policemen, but also took lives of at least 25 Pakistani policemen at the hands of militants. Pakistani Taliban later took the responsibility of the attack.
In the video, on the right side of the tied policemen, a local Pakistani Taliban is seen and heard accusing them and Pakistani army of killing six children in forest. It should be noted that a video appeared last year in which six young alleged militants were seen held by soldiers and then killed in forest. Pakistan Army declared the video fake.
In the video, as the Taliban commander stops talking, the gunmen open fire and the policemen are seen collapsing when hit by bullets. Later, one of the militants shoots them again in their heads to ensure that they are dead.
Pakistan Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said, "They are merciless terrorists and this is the threat which we are up against. We have suffered the most at the hands of al-Qaeda and its affiliates... At the same time Pakistan has delivered the most against [them]."