LANDI KOTAL/KHAR, Oct 6: The supply of electricity to Shalobar and adjoining areas was disrupted when militants blew up a power pylon at Naw Gazi Baba area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency on Friday evening.
Sources said that scores of armed militants riding in vehicles planted huge quantity of explosives at an electricity pylon at around 8:30 pm and detonated the same with a remote control device. Militants disappeared in the darkness after the explosion, they added.
Security forces have established several checkposts in the area and a night curfew is imposed on regular basis to restrict the movement of militants.
Sources said that forces reached the scene of explosion and cordoned the area after half an hour. But by that time militants had already escaped and power supply remained suspended to most parts of Bara, they added.
In Bajaur Agency, local administration arrested three suspected militants during a search operation in Barang tehsil on Saturday and recovered huge quantity of weapons.
Officials said that local tribesmen informed administration about the presence of militants at a house in the area. “A team of Levies and tribal elders take action against the militants,” Political Tehsildar Abdul Latif told Dawn.
He said that militants showed some resistance but later surrendered to a jirga of tribal elders of Barang tehsil.
The officials said that Levies personnel also recovered huge quantity of weapons from the house where the militants were hiding. The arrested militants were shifted to Khar prison for interrogation.
Meanwhile, tribal elders of Barang tehsil have said that no one would be allowed to disturb law and orders situation in their area. They told journalists that Barang was a peaceful area of the agency and people wanted maintenance of peace in their area.