Protesting IDP killed in firing by troops

22 Jun 2015

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Clashes broke out after the IDPs from North Waziristan protested against lack of drinking water and other facilities at the camp. —Reuters/File
Clashes broke out after the IDPs from North Waziristan protested against lack of drinking water and other facilities at the camp. —Reuters/File

PESHAWAR: A displaced man was killed and six others were injured when troops opened fire at protesters in Bakakhel Camp in the Bannu Frontier Region on Sunday.

A police official at Bannu District Headquarters Hospi­tal told Dawn that the body of 22-year-old Rahmat­ullah as well as the injured protesters had been brought to the emergency ward.

Officials said clashes broke out after the internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan protested against lack of drinking water and other facilities at the camp and restriction imposed by the management on their movement outside the camp.

The protest started when they were not allowed to go outside the camp and troops opened fire to disperse the protesters.

An official said in the night the incident had taken place before Iftar and situation was under control.

A large number of displaced people are residing in rented houses, but troops are managing the camp adjoining North Waziristan where around 3,500 families have been accommodated.

Over one million people were displaced from North Waziristan when military launched operation Zarb-i-Azb in June last.

The military’s public relations wing, ISPR, claimed recently that 90 per cent area of North Waziristan tribal region had been cleared of militants.

Published in Dawn, June 22nd, 2015

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