MIRAMSHAH, Nov 9: A girl and a man were killed while a hospital and dozens of medicine shops were destroyed during a clash between security forces and militants in Miramshah Bazaar of North Waziristan Agency.

Locals said that militants targeted Stadium checkpost and Amin post with heavy and light weapons from the roofs of high buildings in Miramshah Bazaar on Monday.

The security forces, backed by helicopter gunships and artillery, targeted the buildings where suspected militants were taking shelter. The gun battle continued for over 16 hours.

They said that security forces blew up the Medical Complex Plaza, destroying more than 50 medicine shops, costly machinery including ultrasound machines, X-ray plants and other valuable electronic equipment causing millions of rupees losses to the owners.

The shelling and bombing also destroyed a portion of district headquarters hospital Miramshah. A girl was buried alive under the rubble of the boundary wall of the hospital.

Three children were also injured as various blocks including dental block, Operation Theater and medical ward of the hospital were damaged. The fear-gripped patients including women and children runaway from the hospital, locals said.

The local tribal people condemned the incident and demanded compensation for the affected shopkeepers.

In FR Kohat, at least five passengers were injured when a bomb planted on Indus Highway exploded in Darra Adamkhel on Eid day.

Militants also fired 14 rockets at different areas of Darra Adamkhel. However, no loss of life or property was reported.

The passengers were coming to Kohat from Peshawar to celebrate Eidul Azha with their relatives when their vehicle was targeted with a roadside remote controlled explosive device.

The security forces targeted suspected locations of militants with artillery but there was no report of casualties. In Kurram Agency, militants fired three rockets from Tangi Zaira Raisy mountain at Paywar village on Tuesday night. However, no casualty was reported. It was the second attack on Paywar village within one week.

In Lakki Marwat, a police party was attacked by a group of outlaws in Abbass Khattak area in the limits of Dadiwala police station.

Sources said that police party signalled four suspected motorcyclists to stop near a watercourse. “The motorcyclists including three proclaimed offenders, who were armed with weapons and hand grenades, opened firing on the policemen,” they said.They said that the attackers also hurled two hand grenades at the police party. Police repulsed the attack and arrested one of the attackers identified as Tasveer Khan.

Other attackers were identified as Naseebullah, Hukam Khan and Zaheer Khan, sources said, adding they managed to disappear in the mountainous area.

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