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Taliban attack kills 17 near Hangu

Updated Oct 03, 2013 01:19pm
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ORAKZAI: A Taliban-claimed militant attack in Spin Tall area on the border of Orakzai and Kurram tribal regions killed at least 17 persons and injured another 22, according to security sources.

Although Spin Tall is part of settled areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Hangu district, it has the status of semi-tribal territory.

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, speaking to Dawn.Com claimed responsibility for the attack, saying Mullah Nabi Hanafi had been supporting the government against the TTP and hence was their target as anyone opposing the Taliban ideology and fighting against them would be on the TTP hitlist.

Security sources said that the compound of an anti-Taliban militia commander Mullah Nabi Hanafi was targetted by militants who opened fire before detonating an explosive-laden vehicle inside the compound.

The militant compund was completely destroyed in the explosion, Deputy Superintendent of Police Tall Tehsil Shaukat Ali Shah told Dawn.com.

He added that there were reports of at least 17 people dead, including a woman and a child whereas 22 others were injured.

Security forces reached the site of attack and sealed the area.

Moreover the injured were shifted to the local hospitals as reports of another suicide bomber were received.

The intensity of the explosion was so huge that the area residents claimed to have felt its jolt similar to that in an earthquake.

There are also reports, whch could not be confirmed by official sources, that Mullah Nabi Hanafi was also injured in the attack.

The intelligence reports said that two attackers who had tried to enter the compound were also gunned down, but the militants surrounded the compound and no one was allowed to enter as the injured were rushed out.

The details could not be independently verified as access of media is restricted in the region.

Mullah Hanafi was associated with the Tehrik-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the past but later, after developing differences, formed his own militant faction to fight against the TTP.

TTP militants have also targetted Hanafi's training compunds in the past.

Moreover, Hanafi is also wanted by authorities in connection with the killing of Fareed Khan, a Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) MPA from Hangu, after an arrested accused member of his group confessed to the killing.

Orakzai is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in the northwest, where Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked militants are said to have carved out strongholds.

Security officials have claimed in the past that up to 92 per cent of Orakzai has been cleared of insurgents.

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mohammad
Oct 03, 2013 12:52pm

This is NO news..if there is not a single blast in the country then its a NEWS..

Immad
Oct 03, 2013 02:44pm

And we want to talk peace with them!

Zeeshan
Oct 03, 2013 02:59pm

@Immad: We don't want to talk peace to them but it is our last resort. 09 years of military operations have done enough damage to be restored.

dv1936
Oct 03, 2013 03:20pm

Azadi from the British has become every day Barbadi

Waseem
Oct 03, 2013 04:32pm

@Immad: Please correct. We dont want to talk, actually we are beging to talk so that we may surrender with dignity

US CENTCOM
Oct 03, 2013 06:18pm

Incidents like these prove who is working against our peace objectives in the region. Incidents like these prove who poses a threat to the safety and security of the region. The terrorists have no shame in admitting that they will target anyone who opposes their ideology. It is safe to say that they are not leaving any stone unturned in their bid to destabilize the region. And this is not the first time they are boasting about their crimes. We’ve witnessed several attacks against the innocents that have been claimed by these terrorist organizations. The seriousness of the situation requires us to remain united against these terrorists. We must work together to negate the threat of terrorism. We share a common stance against terrorism, and hope to continue our partnership for the betterment of the region.

Ali Khan DET, United States Central Command

g
Oct 03, 2013 06:20pm

Ok then. The Taliban demonstrate their commitment to peace everyday. It's clearly time to reward them and negotiate.

Amarnath
Oct 03, 2013 06:46pm

@Immad: The Pak Army/govt distinguishes between good and bad Tlbn. Hanafi a good one. The other gang is bad. It would not take much for Hanafi to again join hands with the bad gang and then again turn against them. The Pak army/govt would tag him good or bad, as frequently as the fickle mind of Hanafi switches. So today the Pak army/govt is on the negotiating table with Hanafi, next time would be aiming gun at him, then back to negotiating table..... so on and so forth. At one time Hanafi is making peace talks, then changes mind .... starts killing pak people in markets,..... changes mind ...back in negotiating table.... if you know what I mean.

ConcernedCitizen
Oct 03, 2013 07:05pm

So called "good Taliban" was wanted for the murder of a PTI legislator. He had a militia that fought against the "bad Taliban" and was on establishment side. But is still wanted by the government. Now it seems we also have "grey" Taliban. As if this situation could get any murkier.
Does anyone even know who is the good Taliban or the bad Taliban? Is there a list made available to the public?

a
Oct 03, 2013 07:28pm

@Immad: We have no choice. Else this tit-for-tat retaliation will keep going on forever. We need to ignore our ego's and sit and talk.

mfarooq
Oct 03, 2013 10:11pm

We keep on hearing that we fought war against militancy for nine years and now we should give chance to peace talks. The reality is we never fought war. Take the example of US. After 911, US created home land security, they modified there laws to combat terrorism and equipped and trained there police force to accept this new challenge. What we have done in Pakistan? Nothing. One example, last KP govt. spent two billion to equip police but one billion went to kick backs and corruption. This tells us how serious we are in fighting this war. It took us five years to come up with new laws to fight terrorism. How can we say with straight face that we have done our best to fight these terrorists? I think all political parties are playing politics. No one cares about the future of Pakistan.