The Taliban reportedly killed three Christian aid workers in Pakistan last week.
Compass Direct News has reported the bodies of the three have been recovered and were sent to the U.S. Embassy. The names of the workers and their organization have been withheld for security reasons.
The aid workers were helping flood victims in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley. The Taliban had warned that it would attack foreign and Christian aid workers in the region.
"These sort of threats are not new," said Martin Tuelan, national executive officer of Catholic Mission, a mission aid agency.
"For many years, Christians in Pakistan have lived in constant fear of Taliban attacks and although some have undergone tremendous suffering as a result of some of these attacks, or been killed as tragically happened this week, there is little they can do to protect themselves," he said.
Pakistan has deployed its special forces to the valley and other potential target areas to protect relief efforts.