LANDI KOTAL, Nov 19: Four persons including two suspected militants were killed on Saturday in two separate incidents in Khyber Agency.

Official sources said that unidentified gunmen shot dead two suspected militants in Akkakhel area of Bara. They said that suspected militants were riding a motorcycle when then were attacked by the gunmen.

The attackers managed to escape after the incident.

Local sources in Tirah said that two tribesmen were killed when a mortar shell fell on a house in Toor Toot area on Saturday.

“The locality is situated near the border with Orakzai and Kurram agencies where security forces are targeting militant positions with heavy artillery and tanks,” they said. A number of artillery shells have reportedly fell in the fields and deserted places in the area.

In Bannu, suspected militants blew up a link bridge and a house in different areas on Saturday.

In the first incident, militants planted improvised explosive device at the house of Gul Azad in the limits of Saddar police station. The device went off with a big bang and damaged the boundary wall, doors and windowpanes of the house.

The blast was followed by another explosion in the limits of Hooveed police station where militants planted a bomb at a bridge and detonated it. The bridge was partially damaged in the blast.

In Lakki Marwat, a house was damaged when a bomb exploded in Darra Pezu Town late on Friday night.

Sources said that an explosive device was planted outside the house of Chaudhry Aslam that went off late in the night and damaged the main gate and a portion of the boundary wall of his residence.

Chaudhry Aslam, a businessman, is an active member of the town’s welfare and peace body.

In Bajaur Agency, a tribal elder and leader of Salarzai Peace Committee escaped unhurt in a roadside explosion on Saturday.

Locals and political officials said that Malak Gul Akbar along with another associate was coming from Pashat area to his home in Danqool area of tehsil Salarzai. When he reached near his home a remote controlled bomb planted by unidentified persons exploded with a bang. However, Malak Gul Akbar survived while his other aide sustained injuries. He was taken to hospital.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The peace committee volunteers launched search operation in the area soon after the incident.

Meanwhile, security forces in a crackdown arrested more than 12 tribal people in connection with blowing up of a government primary school in Danqool area under collective territorial responsibility clause of FCR.

On the other hand Salarzai tribesmen have decided to set up peace committees for security of school buildings and heath centres in different areas of the region. Each committee will consist of 10 armed volunteers.

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