MIRAMSHAH: A US drone strike targeting a militant compound killed at least three suspected insurgents in North Waziristan late Wednesday night, officials said. The attack took place around midnight in the Qutab Khel village, five kilometres south of Miramshah. “A US drone fired two missiles on a militant compound, killing at least three suspected insurgents,” a senior security official said. A security official in Peshawar confirmed the attack and casualties. Another official in Miramshah put the death toll at four and said a fifth militant was seriously injured. The identities of those killed in the strike were not immediately known but officials suspect that they were of Afghan origin. The News, The Express Tribune, The Dawn, The Frontier Post, Daily Mashriq.
NOWSHERA: The police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested four persons, including two militants in Akbarpura. Talking to reporters, Deputy Superintendent of Police Waqar Khan said that cops from the Akbarpura Police Station were on patrol when they signaled two suspects to stop at the Fazil Korona in Akaid the suspected persons opened fire on the police and tried to escape, but the cops after a brief exchange of fire arrested the accused identified as Salim and Tariq. During preliminary interrogation, both the suspects, residents of the Bara Tehsil in Khyber Agency, confessed that they were affiliated with a militant organisation, he claimed. The News.
PESHAWAR: Unidentified attackers hurled a hand grenade into a house in Jhagra village here on Wednesday but it did not cause any casualty. The police said the attackers lobbed the device into the house of Mohammad Shafiq in Kandi Hayat in the Jhagra village. The explosives went off with an explosion, causing slight damage to the house. No casualty was reported, however. The News.
PESHAWAR: The dwellers of Maidan area in the Tirah valley of Khyber Agency have asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to provide them basic amenities of life in their neglected area. Talking to The News, Muhammad Usman, a resident of Bar Qambarkhel, said the people of the scenic valley were exposed to a host of problems as they were deprived of all facilities. He said the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) lacked basic facilities like education and health and the rulers did nothing to bring the tribal people into the mainstream of life. The News.
LANDIKOTAL: Three heart patients from Khyber Agency have died at hospitals during the last several months while waiting for release of money from the Atlas Khyber Endowment Fund, sources and bereaved family members said. A source in Khyber House, Peshawar told The News that during the last four months, 61 patients including a woman applied for help from the Atlas Khyber Endowment Fund established in 2011 by Khyber Agency’s former political agent Safirullah Khan Wazir for the poor patients unable to afford medical treatment. The News.
PESHAWAR: A local leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from Darra Adamkhel, Malik Ghulam Rasool Afridi, has called for extension of the local government system to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas so that the people problems are solved at the grassroots level. “There is a dire need for the formation of Fata councils to solve the longstanding problems and other issues being faced by the tribal people,” he said in a statement. He said some amendments had been made to the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR), but still the basic rights of the tribesmen were being violated. He said the jirga system should be strengthened in the tribal areas as it was the only forum to resolve issues. The News.
NOWSHERA: The police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested four persons, including two militants in Akbarpura. Talking to reporters, Deputy Superintendent of Police Waqar Khan said that cops from the Akbarpura Police Station were on patrol when they signaled two suspects to stop at the Fazil Korona in Akbarpura. He said the suspected persons opened fire on the police and tried to escape, but the cops after a brief exchange of fire arrested the accused identified as Salim and Tariq. During preliminary interrogation, both the suspects, residents of the Bara Tehsil in Khyber Agency, confessed that they were affiliated with a militant organisation, he claimed. The News, The Express Tribune, The Dawn.
HANGU: The police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested an extortionist fleecing the people in the name of Taliban. A police official Azmat Bangash said that one Hashim Khan, a resident of Darbar village, complained to the police that a man had been threatening him with dire consequences if he didn’t pay the extortion. The extortionist pretended to be Taliban fighter had been sending him threatening letters, he quoted the complainant as saying. Taking a note of the complaint, SHO said, the police finally traced the accused identified as Usman Ghani. The police booked him under sections 385, 386 and 507 of the Pakistan Penal Code. The News.
BARA: A man was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off at his house in Naray Baba area of Bara tehsil, Khyber Agency on Wednesday. An official of the political administration said the deceased, identified as Habib Khan, was in the process of moving his family from IDP camps to their house and had recently begun renovating his residence, which was destroyed during the military operation in Bara. The Express Tribune.
PESHAWAR: A house was damaged in Jhagra village in the limits of Chamkani police station when unidentified persons hurled a hand grenade at it on Wednesday. A police official said that the attack was carried out in the evening but no loss of life was reported. The Dawn.