Photoes from both outside and inside the grid station in Peshawar shows the extent of the damage from the attack by militants Tuesday, April 2, 2013.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: At least eight bodies of policemen and Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) officials were found in fields near Budh Berh’s Sheikh Muhammadi area after a militant attack on a grid station on Tuesday.

Police said the dead included five Wapda employees, including an SDO, and three community police personnel who were on guard duty on the outskirts of Peshawar.

During the attack, the assailants fired seven rockets at a 500 kilowatt grid station in Sheikh Muhammadi, causing it to catch fire, according to officials.

The grid station was completely destroyed in the incident.

Station House Officer of Budh Berh police station, Granullah, told Dawn.com that six vehicles of Wapda, control room and official records were also damaged in the attack.

An official of the bomb disposal squad, Abdul Haq, said 14 bombs of five kilograms each had been planted to blow up the offices and the grid station.

“Thirteen bombs exploded while one was defused by the bomb disposal unit,” he said.

He said there were also signs of rocket attacks inside the grid station and that the machinery was blown up with the rocket fire.

Granullah said that bodies of Wapda employees had been recovered from the spot while three bodies of community police personnel had also been recovered.

Wajahat, a local native of the area told Dawn.com that the cops and the Wapda officials were brutally tortured by the militants.

“We saw that some of the people were first thrashed with axes and then their bodies were badly broken into pieces, after which they were shot to death many times.”

Four Wapda officials are still missing and the search is on for them, he added.

The reporting officer at Budh Berh police station, Irfan Gul, said the police had information that at least seven bodies had been found in the fields after last night’s attack. He added that the police was searching for five other missing personnel.

Soon after the attack, electricity went off and the area plunged into darkness, spreading fear among residents. Police had cordoned off the area and started an investigation.

Wapda officials have announced province-wide protests against the incident as well as the closure of Wapda’s provincial offices and a halt in operations.

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Comments (17)

Ali
April 2, 2013 4:30 am
Just wondering to this country!!
Peter Paul
April 2, 2013 5:37 am
What is the meaning of Taliban - and are these people really what they a Taliban is meant to do ?
vijayIndia
April 2, 2013 6:29 am
who is arming the taliban?
akhter husain
April 2, 2013 6:53 am
Taliban means the seeker of power, authority and privilege to live on someones else's money and efforts.If they really want to serve the cause of Islam,they should go to schools,colleges and universities first to understand the meaning of Islam.This being an uphill task for them,they have taken up the guns for their talab.
asgher
April 2, 2013 7:27 am
An excuse to buy and sell billions of dollars worth of equipment and services in the name of Security in order to keep the war INDUSTRY running.
Abdur Razzaque
April 2, 2013 10:01 am
This is a inhuman and totally unacceptable by any reasons. This is a national interest and your own peoples interests are related with it. Also those innocent victims who lost their lives at the job site they have families like you. Islam does not believe any cruelty without any reason,especially killing another Muslims is totally forbidden. Let us shows our full support to the oncoming election. Love of your own peoples, properties and country is a part of Iman. If we want to be a good Muslim we should love our own country first. Give and take should be the motto of our life. May Allah (swt) place all the victims lives in proper place . My condolence to all the victim families.
Cyrus Howell
April 2, 2013 11:38 am
Attacks on electrical grid stations was predictable. Surprising it did not happen sooner.
Cyrus Howell
April 2, 2013 11:39 am
People are in the dark.
Razi
April 2, 2013 2:36 pm
This is share negligence on part of WAPDA officials. Presume no Risk Study was done. This is the result of putting incompetent Deputy Secretaries as MD, NTDC
rajagopal
April 2, 2013 2:39 pm
"Islam does not believe in cruelty." "islam does not believe in killings." "islam is peace. Islam is love." The more things change, the more they remain the same..sigh.
Daniyal
April 2, 2013 3:36 pm
I cannot believe that this disaster of a government has taken us to this low point in our lives, our home is being destroyed the entire length and breadth of our territory! There is no counter terrorism plan in place, never was! These people are all involved, the govt. machinery, opposition, the entire shameless political set up. Its beyond depressing!
US CENTCOM
April 2, 2013 3:47 pm
Pakistan is already reeling with power shortage, where people have to endure 18 hours power blackouts! To make matters worse, the terrorists are attempting to add to their woes. These enemies of state are out to destroy Pakistan any way they can. Our heart goes out to the families of the eight killed by the ruthless attackers. We hope that the authorities will be able to rescue the officers who have been kidnapped from the power station. Pakistan has lost over 49,000of its citizens at the hands of the brutal terrorists. They are the enemies of all humanity. Their needs to be a coordinated effort to eliminate them completely! We hope to assist each other for the sake of negating the threat that’s preventing us from achieving our peace objectives. Abdul Quddus DET-United States Central Command www.centcom.mil/ur
mishky arain
April 2, 2013 7:50 pm
Who is behind all the warmongering in Pakistan? Why are these people nameless and faceless? The foreign and local ammunition manufacturers, exporters , importers , traders and security agencies are running riot. Perhaps the gas/petrol generator industry and it's mafia has a stake in all of this destruction?No power ,no light, people in fear , a constant reign of terror. Nobody can do a thing. Helplessness has taken over. Switch on the generator and forget about everything if you can. Pay the bills and don't protest. When is Pakistan going to stop being a gangster's paradise? Unless we have a CHANGE of leadership and a CHANGE in the fatalistic , negative, static , backward, chauvinist , blind, egotistical, narrow, irresponsible ,intolerant, selfish , traditional, cowardly , lazy thinking of the average Pakistani citizen you can expect more of the same.
Azzy
April 3, 2013 8:45 am
@rajagopal I guess you figured it out.
Azzy
April 3, 2013 9:18 am
Wapda cannot fight the Taliban. To remove the threat we must go to the hyena's lair and take the beast out. The Army should be analyzing threats of this nature. Apparently even the Army cannot face thses cavemen.
Azzy
April 3, 2013 5:37 pm
I could tell you exactly what is wwrong with Pakistan But the administrator of this reply page will not allow and probably most of the readers will not be able to stomack it either. Suffice to say that any citizen or politician who lives in the dreamland where talking with these barbarians is an option needs to have the contents of his skull exmined by a qualified neuro surgeon.
Azzy
April 3, 2013 5:40 pm
No surprise there. They are brutal and intolerant but not intelligent.
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