Preacher killed, three hurt in Swat attack

Updated September 04, 2013


MINGORA/MIRAMSHAH, Sept 3: Armed persons shot dead a member of Tablighee Jamaat and injured three others inside a mosque in Bahrain tehsil of Swat district on Monday night.

Police said that four assailants entered a mosque in Gatt Sar area of Bahrain and opened firing on the preachers after Esha prayer. They said that Mian Jan was killed on the spot while three other preachers identified as Abdullah, Bakht Omar and Juma Gul sustained injuries in the attack.

The dead and injured were shifted to civil hospital in Madyan. The assailants managed to escape after the incident.

Police registered a case against Momin, Noor Wahib, Hazrat Hussain and Muqadar and started investigation.

In North Waziristan Agency, a convoy of security forces narrowly escaped a roadside blast, which led to imposition of curfew in the tribal region on Tuesday.

The convoy was targeted with a remote controlled bomb on main Miramshah-Dattakhel Road. However, no loss of life or property was reported in the blast. The security forces defused another remote controlled bomb on the same road. The security forces and political administration set a 24-hour deadline to the tribal people to hand over the accused to them or face stern action under territorial responsibility clause of FCR.

The political administration has also imposed curfew for indefinite period soon after the roadside blast in the area. The educational institutions, government offices and bazaars remained closed owing to imposition of curfew.

Hundreds of vehicles remained stranded on Bannu-Miramshah Road, causing hardships to passengers. The traders also suffered losses as their vehicles loaded with fruits and vegetables were stuck in the traffic jam.

Meanwhile, electricity remained suspended to the entire South Waziristan Agency on the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday after Bakakhel tribesmen of Frontier Region of Bannu put chains on the main transmission line.

The residents of South Wazristan complained that political administration of FR Bannu and police authorities were not taking action against Bakakhel tribesmen.