The bodies of another ten murdered members of Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Constabulary have been recovered from the Dabori area of Upper Orakzai Agency. The soldiers were captured in a raid by militants on a checkpoint in the region on 22 December, when 13 other FC soldiers were killed.
This is the second mass killing of FC personnel in a week. Last week the bodies of 15 FC soldiers were found in North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan. Those killings were claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, as were the most recent killings.
The bodies of the ten FC men were exchanged for ten bodies of TTP fighters killed by the army in Khyber several weeks ago.
The Pakistan Army seems to be impotent in the face of continuing humiliations inflicted on it by the TTP militants and their supporters. Despite months of helicopter attacks, artillery bombardments and bombing raids on Upper Orakzai, the region remains firmly under the control of militants.