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PESHAWAR, July 19: Militants slaughtered an official of Frontier Constabulary in Peshawar district and killed two hostages in Kurram Agency on Monday night, sources said.

“The body of FC man Taj Alam Khattak was found near Shaikhan police post,” sources said, adding that he went missing on Monday when he was on way to his post in Aziz Market area.

An official said that the FC man, a resident of Mian Wali, had been on leave since July 2. He was supposed to join his duty on 18 but he could not reach his post as militants kidnapped him in the limits of Badbher police station, he added.

“On Tuesday morning someone informed police about presence of a body. Police reached the area and recognised the deceased as Taj Alam,” the official said. He added that the FC was slaughtered by his kidnappers.

“The area is close to Khyber Agency and involvement of militant group Lashkar-i-Islam cannot be ruled out,” the official said.

Meanwhile, militants killed two hostages, including a student, in Charkhel area of lower Kurram Agency. They were kidnapped two days ago after an attack on a convoy of trucks coming from Parachinar to Thall.

The kidnappers burnt the body of the student identified as Syed Ijlal Hussain while the other hostage, Zakir Hussain, was sprayed with bullets.

They were laid to rest at their ancestral graveyards in Parachinar on Tuesday.

Syed Ijlal, who was going to Peshawar to get admission at a technical institute, was the lone son of Habib Hussain.

Militants had burnt six trucks and kidnapped 12 people including drivers during the attack. They set free 10 drivers after interrogation and kept the two deceased in their custody.

After the incident, president of Kurram chapter of Pakistan People’s Party Dr Syed Riaz Hussain demanded of the government to launch helicopter service for the residents of the region. Addressing a press conference, he said that local population was suffering owing to closure of Thall-Parachinar Road, therefore, government should launch regular chopper service between Peshawar and Parachinar.

Meanwhile, a tribesman identified as Noor Hussain suffered injuries in a landmine blast in Sharemkhel area in upper Kurram on Tuesday. He was shifted to agency headquarters hospital in Parachinar for treatment.

In Akkakhel area of Khyber Agency, the activists of a local peace committee killed the relative of a local militant commander on charges of spying.

Sources said that Salim Khan was picked up by members of peace committee when he was standing in front of his house.

He was later shot dead allegedly for passing information to local militants against whom the peace committee had been raised, they added.

Also, in Akkakhel area unidentified gunmen fired at a helicopter, which was returning from Orakzai Agency on Monday night. The helicopter also returned fire and targeted militant hideouts.

In Landi Kotal, nine youngsters were injured when militants fired six mortar shells at the local helipad on Tuesday.

Zahid Khan, an eyewitness, told Dawn that scores of local youth were playing cricket near the helipad when mortars were fired from nearby hilltops.

Local sources said that one of the mortar shells hit the house of a cleric, Mufti Ijaz, near the army camp while another fell in a government school.


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