Militants beheaded three members of an anti-Taliban militia in northwestern Pakistan and kidnapped three others,a government official said Tuesday.
Dozens of militants took part in the attack Monday in the Khyber tribal area,said Iqbal Khan,a government administrator in the nearby city of Peshawar.
Authorities are investigating which militant group was involved in the attack,which took place in the Bara area of Khyber,said Khan.
The Pakistani government has long encouraged local tribesmen to set up militias to fight against the Taliban and other militant groups,but many militiamen have been killed in attacks.
The attack in Bara took place as Pakistans major political parties passed a resolution in support of holding peace talks with local militants as the best way to tamp down an insurgency that has killed thousands of people in recent years.