KHAR, July 5: A pro-government tribal elder and member of Mamond Peace Committee was killed in a remote controlled blast in Bajaur Agency on the night between Monday and Tuesday.

Sources said that militants planted a bomb outside the house of Malik Gul Rehman in Gat Agra area of Mamond. The bomb went off when the tribal elder came out of his house. He died on the spot, they added.

Meanwhile, security forces arrested seven tribesmen during a search operation in Bajaur. Security forces launched the operation after attacks on checkposts in the area.

The tribesmen were arrested under the collective responsibility law of the Frontier Crimes Regulation and on suspicion of their involvement in militant activities.

Taliban chief in Bajaur Agency Maulana Faqir Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the other day attack on a checkpost in Kit Kot area of the region. A security man had been killed the other day. Delivering a speech through his illegal FM radio at night, he said that Taliban had also attacked a checkpost in the agency on June 16. Five security officials had been killed in the attack. He threatened to continue attacking security forces in Bajaur Agency.

In South Waziristan Agency, five security personnel sustained injuries when Taliban fired rocket on a small army camp in Makeen tehsil on Tuesday.

Officials said that five Taliban were killed when security forces traded fire with the attackers.

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