Militants distribute pamphlets on Laden death annv

Islamabad: Militants in Pakistan`s lawless North Waziristan tribal region today distributed pamphlets vowing a `jihad` to mark the first anniversary of the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. Masked and armed militants distributed the pamphlet in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency that US and Afghan officials describe as a stronghold of Al Qaeda and Taliban elements.

"Let us pledge today that we will continue our jihad and sacrifice our lives and property in the name of Allah like Sheikh Osama did," said the pamphlets that were dated May 2, the anniversary of the killing of the Al Qaeda leader in a unilateral US raid. "A year since Sheikh Osama bin Laden embraced martyrdom, the enemy America is repenting. It is facing defeat and Pakistan`s future is also bleak," the pamphlet said. Bin Laden was killed on May 2 last year by a US Navy SEALs team during a raid in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad.

The pamphlet was distributed after two days of heavy fighting between security forces and Taliban fighters in Miranshah and surrounding areas that left 14 soldiers and several civilians dead and nearly 100 injured. At least 13 of the soldiers were beheaded and the heads of two were displayed in Miranshah.

Pakistan has resisted US pressure to conduct an operation to flush out militants from North Waziristan, saying its forces are overstretched. Pakistan went on high alert last week over fears of revenge attacks, but the anniversary passed off peacefully.