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Gunmen kill two anti-Taliban elders in Swat

Published Oct 26, 2012 10:15am


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The image shows policemen in Mingora. — Photo by AP/File

PESHAWAR: Gunmen shot dead two members of an anti-Taliban peace committee in Pakistan's northwestern Swat valley, where militants tried to murder schoolgirl activist Malala Yousufzai, police said Friday.

The shooting will heighten fears of a campaign of targeted killings in Swat, as in the last four months, two businessmen and outspoken anti-militant campaigners have been shot dead and two others wounded.

The latest incident took place in the Charbagh area, a former militant stronghold some 10 kilometres north of Mingora, the main town of Swat valley, where Taliban shot 15-year-old Malala in the head for promoting the right of girls to go to school.

Police said gunmen opened fire on Tajim Gul late Thursday, in front of a mosque while Sardar Mohammad was gunned down at his home.

“In both incidents the attackers managed to flee. We have registered a case against the unknown attackers,” Liaqat Ali, an official in Charbagh police station told AFP. Daidar Ghani, another police official, confirmed the incident.

Mohammad's five-year-old son was injured in the shooting.

Residents said both victims were members of local peace committee and they blamed Taliban for the killing.

All four victims before Malala were senior members of an anti-militancy group.

Malala, who won international recognition for a blog about the horrors of life under the Taliban and a campaign for the right to an education, is the highest-profile target of militants in Swat for more than three years.

The army declared Swat, once known as the “Switzerland of Pakistan”, back under control in July 2009, after defeating radical cleric Mullah Fazlullah and his Taliban fighters who waged a two-year campaign of terror in the district.

The operation was arguably Pakistan's most successful offensive to date against the homegrown insurgents who have bombed and killed thousands across the country for the last five years.


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Comments (8) Closed

Cyrus Howell Oct 26, 2012 01:22pm
"We have registered a case against the unknown attackers.
saj Oct 26, 2012 02:36pm
do we have a goverment ? Where is it ? is it doing anything as these barbarians keep terrorising people for thinking
casual_yet_decisive Oct 26, 2012 02:51pm
What a joke! Time to get Fazlullah is now! Make it look like an accident. Now or never! take your pick,
adam memon Oct 26, 2012 02:55pm
Very sad to know.May Allah guide them.These muslim believe in Allah Subanawatalah but they dont follow Allah Subahalwatalah.Who will going to take action?
Concerned Citizen Oct 26, 2012 03:41pm
It is clear that the military and civilian authorities are unable to protect citizens and especially those who are raising their voice against militancy and extremism. Shouldn't the military be providing security to those who are part of peace committees, standing up against Taliban? How many more lives would have to be lost and by killing these innocent and brave people, Taliban will succeed in creating fear among general public.
ali Oct 26, 2012 08:49pm
The effects of the last army operation seems to have gone and it now seems that the operation was incomplete, it is time for another operation.
Aamir Amjad Oct 27, 2012 04:23am
Where is the writ of the governament or army?
shahidmasud12 Oct 26, 2012 06:56pm
Taliban can do whatever they want to, but government of Pakistan inorder to start a cleanup opperation needs consensus among political parties. What a pity, Shame on you so called Leaders of Pakistan .