PARACHINAR, July 20: The pro-government tribesmen killed six militants during clashes in central Kurram Agency on Wednesday, sources said.
They said that four other militants and six tribesmen were also injured in the clashes. Clashes erupted between tribesmen and a group of militants in Neka Ziarat area of Kurram where security forces launched an operation, they added.
Sources said that both sides used heavy weapons during the clashes, resulting in killing of six militants. The injured tribesmen were shifted to a hospital in Sadda. Two of them were stated to be in critical condition.
In Peshawar, two attackers were killed and a law enforcer was injured when militants attacked a police post in Matani area early Wednesday. A police source said that a group of militants attacked the police post at about 12:30am. A police van was destroyed when it was hit by rockets but the attack was successfully repulsed, he added. He said that militants also blew up a government school in Shaikhan village in the limits of Badbher police station. The source said that three remote controlled explosives were planted at the school that damaged its building.
Police spokesman Jalal Shah said that two militants were killed in the attack on police post. Militants took the body of one of the attackers with them, he said. He added that body of the other killed militant was left behind by the fleeing attackers.
Police also recovered a rocket, three hand grenades, a wireless set and hundreds of cartridges of Kalashnikov from the spot, he said. The injured policeman was shifted to Lady Reading Hospital where his condition was stated to be stable.
The body of the militant was shifted to a local mortuary. The official said that no one had so far contacted them to take possession of the body. Sources said that militants had blown up the residence of a peace body member, Khan Wazir, at Kohat Road by targeting it with rockets on Monday night. In Frontier Region of Kohat, militants fired rockets at a security checkpost in Jammu area, sources said.
They said that the rockets caused no damage to the checkpost as they landed in open filed. The rockets were fired from the mountains of Darra Adamkhel, they added. Security forces retaliated by targeting the hideouts of militants with artillery and machineguns. The militants, who had been flushed out from the main bazaar and other parts of the Darra Adamkhel, have been attacking villages in FR Kohat for the last two years.
“The local tribesmen have formed an armed lashkar, which patrols the villages but militants manage to sneak into the area from other unfrequented routes,” sources said.