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Pakistan: Militants burn village in Lower Orakzai

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KOHAT: Militants set on fire an entire village in Feroze Khel area of Lower Orakzai on Monday.

According to officials, armed men of the proscribed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan raided the village of Tori Mela and set on fire 63 houses which had been lying vacant for about a month because most tribesmen had moved to other areas, leaving behind one or two members of their families to take care of their belongings.

The TTP men asked these people to leave their houses and then set out on the arson spree.

Local people said the Tehrik-i-Taliban had 'punished' tribesmen because of their refusal to stay on in the village and support them in their fight against security forces.

The families had moved to Hangu and Kohat, fearing that the TTP might use them as human shields and to protect themselves during shellings and bombings by helicopter gunships and planes.

Meanwhile, an unidentified body was found in the area.

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