Suspected militants bombed a security
check-post in the Ladah sub-division and a girls' school at Sher
Muhammad Kot in South Waziristan but there was no loss of life.
Both incidents occurred in the Sararogha area where the tribal
militant Baitullah Mehsud is dominant.
Unidentified gunmen are reported to have killed eight tribesmen,
including seven of a family, in two separate incidents in South
Waziristan. Seven men of the Karikhel sub-tribe were shot dead
near a paramilitary force base in Wana. Seventy-year-old Abdullah
Jan along with three sons and three grandsons were killed when
attackers from another vehicle shot at their car. Separately,
in the Karama area, assailants killed a tribesman near his residence.
Terrorists armed with heavy weapons attacked a new Frontier Corps
(FC) checkpoint on Khasokhel bridge near Mir Ali, the main town
in North Waziristan, killing eight FC personnel. Six soldiers
were reported missing. Maj. Gen. Muhammad Akram Sahi, Operations
Commander in North Waziristan, is reported to have given the tribal
elders in Miranshah a 24-hour ultimatum to hand over the suspected
Taliban who attacked
Hours after the attack, aircraft attacked pro-Taliban cleric
Maulana Noor Muhammad's house in Saidgai village, three kilometers
from the Afghan border, killing eight tribesmen and injuring 19
others. All those killed in the attack were members of Mohammad's
In the Ladah sub-division of South Waziristan, unidentified gunmen
shot dead a pro-government tribal leader, Malik Essa Khan, his
brother, cousin, a young child and another occupant of the vehicle
they were traveling in from Tank to Kotkai.
A six-year-old Afghan refugee died in a bomb explosion at Wana
in which another eight-year-old child was wounded.
Security forces raided Mosaki village, 29 kilometers east of
Miranshah, to target suspected terrorists, but there was no reports
of casualties. Residents said they believed a gunship helicopter
had attacked the house of a religious scholar, who supports the
Military authorities gave a one-week deadline to the Utmanzai
tribe in North Waziristan to hand over the accused involved in
the killing of paramilitary troops a day earlier. "The tribe should
fulfill its legal responsibilities and surrender the culprits
within a week, otherwise security forces will use full-scale force,"
Major-Gen Akram Sahi told leaders of the Utmanzai tribe in Miranshah.
A Jirga (tribal council) held in the Eisokhel village of Mirali,
unanimously demanded of the Government to remove security forces
from the area. However, commanding officer of the army, Major-Gen
Akram Sahi, while rejecting the demand said that paramilitary
forces would reconstruct the check-post and warned that the army
would use full force, if troops came under attack in the area
Three paramilitary soldiers were wounded in a pre-dawn attack
on a checkpoint near Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan.
The political administration and security forces launched a joint
search operation hours after the rocket attack, a military spokesman
said. Local residents said that helicopter gun-ships carried out
two sorties to bomb suspected militant hideouts in Musaki village.
However, there were no reports of any civilian casualties or terrorists
killed in the air raids.
The Khasokhel tribe handed over 10 members to the Government
as guarantee for holding negotiations with the latter after the
festival of Eidul Azha to identify and hand over the men responsible
for the January 7-attack in which eight soldiers were killed.
US authorities denied their troops were involved in the raid
at Mosaki village, 29 kilometers east of Miranshah, to target
suspected terrorists, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam
told a briefing, adding that authorities were investigating reports
that a foreign helicopter had landed on the Pakistani side.
Seven soldiers and 14 suspected terrorists were killed following
an attack on a FC outpost in North Waziristan in the early hours.
Official and tribal sources confirmed that the Sarbanki post located
three kilometers southeast of Miranshah was attacked with rockets
at 3 am. According to officials, troops returned fire with heavy
weapons until 5 am and targeted the area from where the rockets
Unidentified armed men attacked a FC check-post in North Waziristan
with sophisticated weapons. However, no loss of life or injuries
Unidentified assailants fired several
rockets at a military post in Sarbandki village in North Waziristan,
sparking a gun-battle between the two sides in which at least
one person was killed and three children injured.
Militants attacked a paramilitary
check-post at Amin near Miranshah with five rockets. However,
no casualty was reported.
About five rockets exploded in the
border town of Lawara Mandi, which faces Afghanistan's Paktika
province. No loss of life or injuries was reported.
Four people, including a woman and
a child, were injured when security forces (SFs) opened fire on
tribesmen in the Kushali Turikhel area of North Waziristan. They
said that local residents came under attack when they were collecting
usable articles from the rubble of their houses demolished by
the army and paramilitary forces. The troops had earlier demolished
the houses of eight tribesmen in the region under the collective
responsibility act of the Frontier Crimes Regulation.
Three of the foreign terrorists killed in the January 13 air
strikes in the Bajaur Agency have been identified, ABC News said.
One of the dead was said to be 52-year-old Midhat Mursi, also
known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, a top Al
Qaeda bomb maker with a five million dollar reward on his
head. Another was reported to be Abu Obaidah al-Masri, Al Qaeda's
chief of operations for the eastern Afghan province of Kunar and
the third was Abdur Rehman al-Maghribi, the Moroccan son-in-law
of Osama Bin Laden's top lieutenant Ayman Al-Zawahri and the head
of Al Qaeda's media operations. The fourth has not been identified
but reports said that he may have been an Egyptian national named
Mustafa Usman. A Pakistani intelligence official said that Khalid
Habib, head of Al Qaeda's operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan,
may have also have been among the dead.
Unidentified men fired rockets at a Tochi Scouts camp in the
Mir Ali area of North Waziristan, but no casualties were reported
Two FC personnel were killed and 11 of their colleagues were
injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) blast blew up
a SF vehicle they were traveling at Mubarik Shahi village near
Miranshah. While one FC personnel was killed on the spot, the
other succumbed to his injuries later. Four persons have been
arrested from the nearby village soon after the incident.
SFs launched a search operation in North Waziristan and arrested
two suspected terrorists from the Mir Ali area.
In Wana, seven rockets were fired at a checkpoint at Shahalam
where SFs arrested a Turkish Al Qaeda suspect three days ago.
The site of the Gomal Zam dam in South Waziristan was attacked
with more than 10 rockets although no loss to life was reported.Official
sources said the rockets targeted the posts set up by the paramilitary
FC and the largely untrained Khassadar Force at the site of the
Eight rockets were fired targeting the Shalam check-post manned
by the Pakistan Army and FC on the Wana-Angoor Adda road in South
Waziristan. But no loss to life or property was reported.
Unidentified assailants attacked a military check-post at Kanja
Thakri in the Mahsud tribal area in South Waziristan with four
Three paramilitary soldiers were killed and another sustained
injuries when suspected terrorists detonated an explosive device
at Zarmilan in South Waziristan.
The roadside device exploded as a convoy of the FC was returning
to Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan. Troops seized a large
quantity of arms and ammunition from a truck heading to Datakhel
near Miranshah. The seizure included rockets, heavy guns, shells
An explosion targeted a vehicle supplying
water to the Pakistan Army and FC personnel in the Tanai area
of South Waziristan and injured its driver. Tribal sources said
the vehicle was on its way from the Tanai area to Gulkach when
it was attacked. The political administration subsequently arrested
seven tribesmen living in the area under the collective responsibility
clause of the Frontier Crimes Regulations.
Unidentified persons fired four
rockets targeting a military outpost at Asman Panga in the Shakai
area of South Waziristan. However, no loss to life or property
A military truck hit a landmine near the last Pakistani border
town of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan injuring two soldiers.
The soldiers were riding on a water tanker traveling to a stream
to fetch water for their base when the landmine exploded near
the Afghan border.
A bomb planted outside the boundary wall of the Agency Headquarters
Hospital in Wana exploded causing minor damages.
In another incident in Wana, two hand grenades were lobbed into
the privately owned Ajmal Hospital. No loss of life or injuries
A headless body was found, along with a message saying that spying
for America and Pakistan "will result in this". The body of Kismat
Khan was found in Dabkot, near Azam Warsak Road, and a letter
in Pushto was also left with his body saying his death was "justified."
The letter read: "This man was a spy and he was passing information
to Pakistani and American intelligence networks."
Terrorists fired eight rockets on a paramilitary force-manned
checkpoint north of Wana in South Waziristan. However, no loss
of life or injuries was reported.
Two women were killed and four children injured by suspected
US mortar fire in a village in North Waziristan.
Suspected terrorists fired three rockets at a military post
near Wana in South Waziristan, but no one was hurt.
A rocket partially damaged the residence of a Government official
and the wall of a mosque in the FC Camp in Wana. No loss of life
or injuries was reported.
Security forces arrested two Uzbek
militants at the Khajuri check-post near Mirali in North Waziristan.
They were identified as Mohammad Aziz and Mahmood, believed to
be affiliated with Qari Yaldashev's Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
An unnamed official said the troops detained the duo from a passenger
coach at Khajuri check-post.
At least six soldiers were injured when their vehicle hit a landmine
at Tanai near Wana.
Another landmine explosion damaged an army vehicle near the
border town of Angoor Ada. However, no loss of life or injuries
Security forces are reported to have recovered heavy arms, ammunition
and explosives, most of them foreign made, from the Paya area
near Dara Adam Khel in the NWFP. The Inter-Services Public Relations
said in a press release that terrorists were planning to transport
the weapons to North Waziristan. The seizure included some rocket
launchers, 122 mortar bombs, 37 rockets, fuses and cartridges.
Three FC personnel attached to the
Mahsud Scouts went missing. An official said the three had gone
to the FC Fort in Tiarza from their outpost in Khat Ghunday but
were now untraceable.
An IED exploded near Angoor Adda,
the Pakistani village near the border with Afghanistan in South
Waziristan, without causing any damage.
Two remote-controlled explosions
caused by IEDs targeted a Pakistan Army convoy between Ghariwam
and Dossali on the Razmak-Bannu road. The blasts partially damaged
two military vehicles but no soldier was wounded.
Two Uzbeks and a local tribesman were killed during a clash involving
foreign terrorists and local tribesmen at Eisokhel village in
North Waziristan. The clash occurred when two Uzbek terrorists
shot dead a local tribesman, identified as Shanzeb Khan. Following
the killing, Khan's nephew Mohammad Hanif opened fire on their
rivals, killing one of them on the spot. Villagers of Eisokhel
laid a cordon around the fleeing terrorist and subsequently killed
him after a brief encounter.
A fort used by the FC at Kajhorai in North Waziristan came under
rocket attack. Official sources said that unidentified assailants
fired four rockets from the nearby mountains of Baka Khel area.
However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
Two soldiers were injured when they stepped on a landmine at
Dray Nishtar in the Shakai area off South Waziristan.
Terrorists are reported to have shot dead two civilians, Badshah
Khan and his brother Rasul Khan, in the border village of Angoor
Adda in South Waziristan. Villagers said militants operating in
the area suspected the brothers of spying for the US and the Afghan
Government. They said the two men frequently travelled across
the border to Afghanistan.
Three rooms and boundary wall of the Government Primary School
in Panjgoona village near Angoor Adda were destroyed in a bomb
blast. The school is located on the premises owned by a local
cleric, Maulana Shakirullah. However, no loss of life or injuries
A pro-government tribal chief was
killed in an ambush in Wana. Eyewitnesses said that gunmen opened
fire on a vehicle in the main Wana bazaar, carrying Malik Arsallah
Khan, chief of the Khuniakhel Wazir tribe, and some of his family
members. Malik Arsallah died on the spot while three of his relatives
The NWFP Governor, Khalil-ur-Rehman, claimed in Miranshah on
that the Government has suspended operations in North Waziristan
because it believes that tribesmen are able to restore peace and
normalcy through their own customs and traditions.
Suspected terrorists are reported to have shot dead two police
personnel and injured two others in an attack on a police patrol
in the Tank district of North Waziristan.
SFs are reported to have killed at least 41 foreign terrorists,
including their Chechen 'commander', in a raid carried out by
gunship helicopters on their hideout at Danday Saidgai village
in North Waziristan bordering Afghanistan. Four Pakistani tribesmen
and a soldier were also killed and an unspecified number of them
were injured in the raid and subsequent exchange of fire between
the two sides. An unnamed senior military officer said the slain
Chechen 'commander' was named Asad. The officer denied reports
that Tahir Yuldashev, chief of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan,
was the prime target in the raid.
The raid on Danday Saidgai reportedly led to protests in Miranshah,
headquarters of North Waziristan, and triggered violence. Eyewitnesses
said pro-Taliban tribesmen responded to a call for Jihad by Maulana
Abdul Khaliq, head of the Gulshan-i-Ilm Madrassa (seminary) in
Miranshah, and began firing rockets and R/R guns at the FC Fort
and other military installations. Military sources said the troops
returned fire and used artillery guns and other heavy weapons
to fire in the direction from where they were attacked. Homes
in Hamzoni, Palangzai, Darpakhel, Saidgai and Miranshah were consequently
damaged. The cross-firing also caused injuries to a number of
civilians, including at least four women. One woman was reported
killed in Palangzai village.
Taliban operatives are reported to have taken over Government
buildings in Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan, occupied
the area's telephone exchange and patrolled the streets. Eyewitnesses
and Government officials said that after the March 1 gun-battle
between SFs and Taliban, a large number of families started moving
to safer places. Sources said that Taliban operatives had taken
over the telephone exchange in Miranshah. The exchange had already
been shut down by the military to disrupt communication between
terrorists. The Taliban also reportedly took over the irrigation
department building, snatched Government vehicles and occupied
rooftops of buildings near the main market. Political authorities
pulled out paramilitary troops from the main bazaar as the Taliban
took positions at key points in the town.
More than 100 terrorists were reportedly
killed in two separate operations by SFs at Miranshah and Mir
Ali in North Waziristan. Three SF personnel died while nine others
were wounded in the operation. The main army base at Miranshah
came under heavy rocket fire from terrorists, who also occupied
the main Miranshah Bazaar, various Government offices and the
telephone exchange. SFs retaliated with helicopter gun ships and
heavy artillery fire. It confirmed that at least 85 terrorists
had died in the operation.
Unidentified men ambushed a SF convoy
in Mir Ali, killing two soldiers and injuring seven others. The
troops killed 25 terrorists in retaliation.
At least 19 terrorists are reported
to have died in clashes with the army in Miranshah. US-built Cobra
gun-ships opened fire on a hamlet near Miranshah after rockets
were fired at army positions, while troops seized control of the
main bazaar and key Government buildings. Military spokesperson
Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan said, "As a result of an exchange of
fire, some 19 militants including some foreigners were killed."
Officials said two local clerics, Maulvi Abdul Khaleq and Maulvi
Sadiq Noor, were leading the uprising.
Curfew was imposed in Miranshah to
restore law and order after several days of clashes between the
army and terrorists.
The Political Agent in North Waziristan, Syed Zaheerul Islam,
survived an assassination attempt, when his vehicle was attacked
near Mirali. However, one of his guards was killed while another
sustained injuries in the attack.
Security forces destroyed a school run by a wanted cleric in
Miranshah. A building housing Maulvi Abdul Khaliq's Darul Uloom
Faredia Gulshan-i-Ilum was destroyed in an attack by a Cobra helicopter
gunship. Officials said that Maulvi Khaliq had been using the
religious school as a meeting place for militants in the area.
Security forces expanded their operations to other areas of Miranshah
and blew up terrorist hide-outs in the Datakhel area of North
Waziristan. Official sources said troops had blown up hide-outs
at Datakhel and also demolished the religious school of Maulvi
Abdul Khaliq in the same area.
Pakistan Army artillery shelled Khattay Killay village, 10 kilometers
from Miranshah in North Waziristan and gunship helicopters targeted
terrorists' positions following reports that two of the most wanted
clerics, Maulvi Sadiq Noor and Maulvi Abdul Khaliq, and their
supporters were hiding there. Military spokesperson, Maj. Gen.
Shaukat Sultan, claimed 25 terrorists were killed in the attack.
Unidentified persons killed three men accused of spying for the
US or Pakistan Government in different parts of South Waziristan
recently. One Nawaz Khan was shot dead in Tabba Takka village
on March 8 and his body was thrown in a deserted area. A note
pinned to his body said all those spying for the Americans would
meet the same fate. In Ouspas village, one Syed Ahmad Shah, son
of pro-government tribal elder Muneem Khan, was killed. A pamphlet
distributed in parts of South Waziristan also explained the reasons
for the murder of one Lal Khan, whose body was found in Jandola
a few days ago.
Tribal clerics announced the enforcement of Sharia (Islamic law)
in South Waziristan, saying that feuds and tribal enmities would
now be resolved through Islamic laws instead of the tribal Jirga
(council). Eyewitnesses and tribal elders said that the announcement
was made during Friday prayer sermons in Wana and other towns
of South Waziristan. "We are glad to announce that an Islamic
judge will decide cases from now on and not the jirga," a cleric
in Wana was quoted as announcing.
At least 15 bodies were recovered from Khattay Killay, 10 kilometers
off Miranshah, as calm prevailed in the area shelled by the Pakistan
Army on March 10-night. Political authorities claimed that 28
terrorists, including five foreigners, were killed in the operation
wherein artillery and helicopter gun-ships were used against terrorists'
Unidentified men destroyed three check posts of the security
forces in the Sarokai area of South Waziristan. The Taray Sawar,
Torwam and Arokandsar posts were destroyed by explosive material
planted by unidentified men. However, no loss of life was reported.
Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao told the National
Assembly that the unrest in Miranshah had spread to surrounding
districts. "These miscreants were continuously challenging the
writ of the government, which forced us to take action," Sherpao
said. He said the situation had affected the areas of Tank and
Mir Ali, where local Taliban had forced the closure of video shops
and were asking people not to shave. At least 120 soldiers and
supporters of the Government have been killed in North Waziristan
since March 1, NNI quoted the minister as saying.
Security agencies recovered the dead body of a young man accused
of spying for the US on the Mir Ali-Miranshah road in North Waziristan.
The deceased was later identified as Hafiz Jamil, belonging to
Anghar village in the Miranshah area. A note kept near the body
said the deceased was a spy for the US and warned that all those
spying for the Americans would meet the same fate. The note was
from the "Mujahideen of Waziristan."
The body of another man suspected of links with Afghan forces
was found in the Madakhel village near Miranshah.
Authorities in North Waziristan said that thousands of Afghans
thought to be living there must leave and return home. North Waziristan
Political Agent Zaheerul Islam said Afghans had been given deadlines
to leave two or three times during 2005 but had not done so. "Now
they are not Afghan refugees but foreigners and must leave North
Waziristan immediately. Severe action will be taken if they don't
do so," he said, without elaborating.
Authorities reportedly arrested eight suspected terrorists in
and around Miranshah.
SFs arrested three suspected terrorists and seized three AK-47
assault rifles and eight hand grenades at a roadblock near Wana.
Two Pakistani engineers, Hamidullah and Surat Khan, and their
driver were abducted from Bannu, 50 kilometers east of Miranshah,
Radio Tehran said.
Suspected terrorists reportedly fired three rockets at a security
post in the Khamrang area of South Waziristan without causing
A spokesman for the NWFP Governor's FATA Secretariat denied
that local Taliban had been allowed to open offices in Wana to
enforce Islamic law in South Waziristan. "No office has been opened
or is in the process of opening in Wana under the auspices of
seminary students or so-called Taliban," he said.
Two paramilitary personnel, identified as Mohammad Shoaib Afridi
and Alikhel Afridi, were wounded when two forts came under rocket
attack in the Mirali subdivision of North Waziristan.
More than two dozen rockets were fired on the forts in Speenwam
and Shawa. Terrorists fired rockets at the military's Mana Camp
in North Waziristan's Shawal valley without causing any damage.
Suspected terrorists reportedly fired rockets at army installations
in Miranshah, but no casualties were reported. Eight rockets were
fired at security check posts, two of which landed in a grid station,
two in a stadium and the rest around the army fort.
Two soldiers were killed when a grenade exploded at a roadside
military post near Miranshah in North Waziristan.
Reports from Tank added that suspected terrorists attempted to
set ablaze a police check-post at Kowar on the Tank-Jandola road
and partially damaged it.
Unidentified persons blew up the transmission tower of Radio
Pakistan at Wana with explosives.
Three Pakistan Army soldiers, including two officers, were wounded
in a landmine explosion at Mir Ali. Tribal sources said the explosion
caused by an improvised explosives device targeted a military
convoy using the main Miranshah-Mir Ali-Bannu road.
In Mir Ali, North Waziristan's second major town after Miranshah,
the FC post in Government High School at Mir Ali Bazaar was attacked.
However, no loss of life or injuries was reported
Two personnel of the paramilitary FC were wounded when suspected
terrorists attacked their post near Razmak in North Waziristan.
Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said in Islamabad
that foreign terrorists hiding in Waziristan would not be given
amnesty "because the deadline has now expired". "All camps of
Afghan refugees in the tribal areas have been closed. The process
of their repatriation has also been accelerated," he disclosed.
A pro-government cleric was killed by gunmen in the Laddah subdivision
of South Waziristan. Witnesses told that the car of Maulana Sibghatullah
was ambushed at Laddah, about 70 km south of Wana. The masked
attackers killed Maulana Sibghatullah and also abducted three
other people who were in the car. Sibghatullah had been associated
with the Taliban in the past before entering into an agreement
with the Government.
The telephone exchange at Shakai in South Waziristan was blown
up at around midnight cutting off telephone links with the rest
of the country. No one was injured in the blast.
Terrorists attacked a SFs post in the Shakai Valley. However,
no loss of life or injuries was reported.
Planes dropped leaflets in both South Waziristan and North Waziristan
on the occasion of Pakistan Day to urge the tribesmen to beware
of foreigners and their local supporters who had allied themselves
with the "Yahood Aur Hanood" (Jews and Hindus. The leaflets, in
Urdu and Pashto with the title "warning", was produced and dropped
by the Pakistan Army. The leaflets, dropped in Wana, Makeen, Tiarza
and other places in South Waziristan and in the Miranshah and
Mir Ali areas of North Waziristan, argued that the war on terror
in Waziristan was not against the people of the tribal areas.
The statement said it was a war against foreigners and their local
harbourers "who were standing shoulder to shoulder with the Yahood
Aur Hanood" and were posing threats to Pakistan's integrity and
causing harm to the tribal society.
20 terrorists were killed after SFs retaliated to an attack at
Dattakhel in North Waziristan. One FC personnel died and four
army soldiers were wounded in the pre-dawn attack on the joint
check-post of the paramilitary force and army. "Around 20 miscreants
were killed," said North Waziristan Chief Administrator Zaheerul
Suspected terrorists ambushed vehicles carrying police officers
in a remote northwestern region near the Afghanistan border, injuring
four of them. The attack occurred on a road between Mir Ali and
Miranshah in North Waziristan, a day after the military said it
had killed at least 20 terrorists.
The local Taliban executed a 25-year-old man for killing a taxi
driver in South Waziristan under Sharia (Islamic law), said residents.
The execution is the first case tried under Sharia in the tribal
areas. Hayat Gul was executed on March 26 at an undisclosed location
in the Ladah sub-division after a Taliban Shura (council) 'found
him guilty'. Gul was accused of killing Bilal, a taxi driver,
in Wana a month ago.
Terrorists blew up a checkpoint of the security forces near Mirali
without causing any damage.
The police are reported to have arrested three cadres of the
HM, a terrorist group active in the Indian State of Jammu and
Kashmir, carrying explosives and ammunition at Tank near South
Waziristan. Senior Superintendent of Police Dar Ali Khattak said
the three were on their way from South Waziristan in a vehicle
when they were apprehended at a checkpoint in Tank. "We recovered
explosives, arms and ammunition, and some manuals for making bombs,"
Security forces arrested two tribesmen and recovered from their
possession a rocket launcher, four shells and two Kalashnikovs
at Mirali Bazaar in Miranshah. However, three others are reported
to have escaped from the incident site.
Stray mortars hit several homes during fighting between pro-Taliban
militants and SFs at village Hurmaz in North Waziristan, killing
at least two villagers and injuring six persons.
A Frontier Constabulary personnel was killed and four others
were injured when unidentified people fired a rocket at Tochi
Fort in North Waziristan. Another rocket fired by the paramilitary
troops in retaliation reportedly landed in a nearby house, injuring
three children aged six to 10.
The bullet-riddled body of a cleric was found in the Sararogha
village of South Waziristan. Zahir Shah had been abducted on March
30 and a note written by suspected terrorists was found with his
body, which said that he had been shot dead because of his links
11 people, including three women and two suspected terrorists,
were reportedly killed in three incidents in North Waziristan
Three men and two women were killed when the vehicle they were
traveling in struck a landmine near Deghan.
In Mir Ali, paramilitary personnel shot dead two suspected terrorists.
The duo had earlier been asked to hand over their weapons to be
taken to the forces' headquarters. However, they lobbed a grenade
at security personnel injuring five soldiers and were killed in
Residents in the Tank area said that local tribesman Azam Khan,
his wife and two children were killed in a bomb blast at Jandola.
Terrorists reportedly fired rockets targeting a military post
on the outskirts of Miranshah, triggering a gun-battle but causing
A group of Taliban stormed a wedding ceremony to disrupt a music
programme, injuring one man a few days after they ordered Bhittani
tribesmen to grow beards. Dozens of Taliban activists attacked
a music programme at the wedding of Haji Saeedullah's two sons
in the Maghzey village of Tank district. Riaz Kundi, Tank district
official, confirmed the incident but gave no details.
16 terrorists were killed and 19 arrested after SFs retaliated
to two attacks at two sites in North Waziristan. "Four troops
were killed and eight injured in the attacks," said Maj. Gen.
Shaukat Sultan, the Inter Services Public Relations Director General.
The terrorists first attacked a SF check-post in Dattakhel and
another at Mana in the heavily forested Shawal region. The army
reportedly used ground troops, heavy guns, artillery and gunship
helicopters to comb the Mana area where the troops recovered six
bodies of the slain terrorists from a compound.
A Government spokesperson informed that 43 terrorists and three
soldiers had died during the clashes at Shawal and Datakhel in
North Waziristan a day earlier. Official sources said two children
and a woman were injured while several houses were damaged after
SFs had started shelling in response to the terrorist attack near
Power supply was suspended in three areas of Miranshah after
rockets were fired and electricity line feeders destroyed by unidentified
people. No loss of life was reported.
Three major tribes in North Waziristan, Ahmadzai Wazir, Dawar
and Utmanzai, have announced to observe April 7, as 'black day'
against the military action and killing of innocent people.
Pro-local Taliban tribal clerics in North Waziristan demanded
the army pull out of the area while parliamentarians and officials
of seven Frontier districts asked the Government to take military
action against outlaws in the Malakand Agency.
Suspected terrorists fired rockets at a FC post at Tuth Naray
near Miranshah and troops retaliated by firing with artillery
guns. There were no reports of losses in the exchange of firing
by the two sides.
Suspected terrorists killed two persons who supplied water to
security forces near the Afghan border in North Waziristan. The
two men - a water tanker driver and his assistant - were shot
dead in Dherdoni, 10 kilometers north of Miranshah.
The local Taliban is reported to have offered to enter into negotiations
with the Government for peace in North Waziristan. "Troops should
leave Waziristan, all arrested people should be released, wanted
men be given amnesty, military operations be halted and innocent
people should no longer be killed or their homes demolished and
the ban on display of weapons be lifted," were some of the key
Taliban demands read out from a letter by clerics at a Jirga (council)
in Mir Ali, said Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazlur Rehman faction)
General-Secretary Maulana Abdur Rehman.
Two missiles were fired from the Afghanistan side towards the
Pakistani border village Ghatghai in Bajaur Agency. A mosque was
damaged, but no casualty was reported.
Gunship helicopters reportedly destroyed a suspected terrorist
compound at Nagar village in North Waziristan, killing a number
of foreign terrorists. The raid, launched on the basis of "confirmed
intelligence", targeted a hideout in the Nagar village, six kilometers
south of Miranshah, said military spokesperson Major General Shaukat
The Pakistan's military claimed that it had killed an unspecified
number of militants including foreigners in an attack by Cobra
gunship helicopters on a compound in village Anghar Killay near
Miranshah in North Waziristan. Maj Gen Shaukat Sultan, Director
General, Inter-Services Public Relations, said the operation was
carried out on the basis of "confirmed intelligence" about the
presence of foreign militants in the compound. A top Al Qaeda
man, Mosheim Musa Mutawwali Atwa, alias Abdur Rahman Mohajir is
reported to have been killed in the attack.
Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao informed the cabinet that
Taliban forces have thus far killed 150 pro-government tribal
leaders in the North and South Waziristan Agencies and are openly
challenging the writ of the Government by engaging a number of
security forces' personnel in the area.
Unidentified men abducted five paramilitary soldiers from Razmak
sub-division in North Waziristan.
A civilian was killed and another
injured when a bomb exploded in a scrap shop in Ghulam Khan bazaar,
15 kilometers north of Miranshah in North Waziristan.
Security forces shot dead a suspected
terrorist who had attacked a convoy of army vehicles in North
Six soldiers were wounded in terrorist
attacks on two different convoys heading towards Miranshah, the
capital of North Waziristan.
The beheaded body of an Afghan national,
Murtaza, was found in the Saidgai area near Afghan border. Official
sources informed that he had been abducted from Wana in South
Waziristan on April 13. They said that a note was found on the
body, warning that spies for US troops would face same consequence.
A tribesman, identified as Balot,
was killed in the Kher Kamer area of Datakhel. His relatives said
that Balot supplied food items to American troops across the border.
Residents in a market area of North
Waziristan on the Afghan border reportedly found the beheaded
body of a man with a note saying he was an American spy and a
warning others would face the same treatment. "He was an American
spy and all of you will face this if you follow him," a Government
official quoted the note as saying.
A beheaded body was found in the Madakhel area near the Afghan
border. The deceased was identified as Taza Gul. Sources said
that he had been killed on the charge of spying for US forces.
Armed men reportedly snatched a truck from its driver Tawab Khan
in the Dusali area of North Waziristan. The driver belonged to
Peshawar and had been supplying edible items to the army and paramilitary
troops in North Waziristan.
An alleged Al Qaeda operative of Turkish origin captured two
months back in South Waziristan was handed over to his home country.
Authorities arrested Mohammad Yousaf on January 28, 2006 suspecting
him of being an Al Qaeda operative and handed him over to Turkish
authorities after an investigation, which lasted two months.
Suspected terrorists beheaded a tribesman in the Mirali area
of North Waziristan for allegedly spying for the U.S. Waseeullah,
a resident of Sira Tala, had been abducted from the Mirali town
a day earlier.
Three missiles are fired on the paramilitary fort in Miranshah.
However, no casualties or damage was reported.
SFs fired artillery shells hitting several houses in the Qutabkhel
and Angher villages near Miranshah.
SFs arrested two tribesmen from the Khar area of Bajaur Agency
on suspicion of having links with terrorist groups.
Five soldiers were wounded when a paramilitary truck was struck
by a remote-controlled bomb on Spinwam Road.
Three missiles fired from across the Afghan border landed in
the Charmang area of Bajaur Agency, wounding a girl.
SFs arrested two Afghan nationals from Bajaur Agency for their
alleged links to the al Qaeda.
At least eight paramilitary soldiers were killed and 27 others
wounded when a convoy of SFs was ambushed at Spilga village near
Miranshah. At least five attackers were reportedly killed when
One soldier and a suspected Al Qaeda operative were killed and
two soldiers sustained injuries during a shootout in the Bajaur
Agency of FATA. Four hand grenades, a video camera, a diary written
in Arabic, a CD mike, a recording of the funeral of those who
were killed during an air strike on Damadola village on January
13, 2006, a charger and children's clothes were recovered from
the incident site. The slain Al Qaeda operative is believed to
be Abu Marwan al-Suri, who is wanted by the United States and
earlier thought to have been killed in the January 13-incident.
Unnamed officials said Abu Marwan al-Suri was the head of Al Qaeda's
operations in Waziristan. Military spokesperson Major General
Shaukat Sultan confirmed the incident but had no details of the
dead man's identity.
A self-proclaimed Pakistani Taliban leader invited people to
come to Afghanistan to fight a 'holy war against US-led forces'.
"We are leaving for Afghanistan tomorrow, those who want to participate
in Jihad can join us," Asmatullah Shaheen told a gathering of
more than 300 people in Jandola town in South Waziristan. The
30-year old Shaheen also announced a three-month extension on
an Islamic edict he handed down in March 2006 stating that men
in the conservative region should all grow beards.
The Political administration in North Waziristan detained 35
tribesmen in Miranshah under "territorial responsibility" clause
of the Frontier Crimes Regulations and imposed a Rupees 10.13
million fine on three major tribes. North Waziristan Chief Administrator
Zaheerul Islam said that the detained tribesmen would remain in
jail as long as the tribes did not hand over militants involved
in the April 20-attack on a paramilitary convoy killing around
eight soldiers and wounding 22 others near Razmak. He said that
three major tribes - Darpakhel, Burakhel and Miranshah Kalay -
were collectively fined Rs 10.13 million for failing to meet territorial
responsibility by not defending Miranshah against militants' attacks.
The Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao confirmed the
death of wanted Al Qaeda explosive expert Abu Marwan Al Suri,
calling it a major "achievement" in the war on terror. "It is
confirmed that he is killed," said Sherpao.
Unidentified terrorists reportedly fired a series of rockets
at a military convoy after it stopped when a roadside bomb exploded
close to it in North Waziristan. No one was hurt in the bomb blast,
but one soldier was killed and 12 others wounded in the follow-up
Terrorists opened fire targeting a security post east of Miranshah,
killing one soldier.
In South Waziristan, terrorists fired rockets, mortars and small
arms at a security post, triggering a gun battle with troops in
which one terrorist was killed and two others wounded.
The beheaded body of an employee of the Water and Power development
Authority, Niaz Mohammed, was found in the Karwan Manza area of
South Waziristan. The victim had been abducted from the Moma Karama
area on April 16.
Pro-Taliban militants reportedly set bundles of newspapers on
fire in North Waziristan and threatened newspaper correspondents
who referred to them as 'terrorists' and 'miscreants', eyewitnesses
said. "As the van bringing Urdu and English newspapers reached
Mir Ali, around eight masked Taliban torched the newspapers,"
said a tribal journalist. A pamphlet was later left in the bazaar,
reading: "If any newspaper calls us terrorists or miscreants,
we will hold its North Waziristan correspondent responsible."
Cobra gunship helicopters hit the hideouts of suspected pro-Taliban
militants in North Waziristan after a military convoy was attacked
a day earlier, leaving up to seven persons dead. Three soldiers
were killed when the terrorists ambushed a convoy heading towards
the Afghan border. Four of the attackers were also killed in the
Pro-Taliban militants beheaded a taxi driver on suspicion of
being an informer for the United States, the fourth such killing
in the Waziristan region during April 2006. The body was found
by the roadside in Shavai Kainari, 25km south of Wana in South
A tribesman was killed when FC personnel retaliated after a
rocket attack on the Sarbandki check post on the Bannu road near
A bomb exploded near a school building housing paramilitary
forces at Mirali in North Waziristan, injuring one soldier.
Terrorists reportedly looted food items from two trucks that
were carrying ration for army and security forces at Mirali and
SFs arrested two Afghan nationals, Khalilur Rehman and Sharifullah,
from Miranshah and recovered war maps and formulas to prepare
explosives from them.
President Pervez Musharraf told a tribal council in Peshawar
that the army could be pulled out of the tribal areas if tribal
chiefs "guarantee permanent peace" in Waziristan. "You people
will have to first expel all foreign terrorists and secondly stop
tribal militancy before we pull out the army," Musharraf said.
"If the tribesmen tighten the noose around the terrorists and
put an end to Talibanisation on their own then the troops will
be withdrawn from the tribal areas," he claimed.
President Pervez Musharraf is reported to have told that "Extremism
in a Talibanised form is what people are now going for. Mullah
Omar and the Taliban have influence in Waziristan and it's spilling
over into our settled areas."
The officer in charge of operations in Waziristan, Major General
Akram Sahi, insisted the army was in control in North Waziristan
and said reports that the Taliban had taken over the area were
Unidentified gunmen ambushed a truck carrying prominent tribal
militant Asmatullah Shaheen on a road near Tank in South Waziristan,
wounding him and his two bodyguards.
The bullet-ridden body of senior tribal cleric Maulana Janat
Mir was found, nine days after his abduction by suspected Taliban
militants from Mir Ali in North Waziristan. Mir, a pro-government
cleric, was reportedly on a hit-list circulated by the Taliban
some six months ago warning him and 27 others against "spying"
on the militants for the Government, said a security official.
Malik Mir Sharof, a pro-government Dawar tribe elder, was abducted
on his way home from Mir Ali to Haider Khel village. He was released
four hours later.
The Taliban agreed to cease anti-government attacks after a three-member
Tablighi delegation asked them to not attack during Tablighi congregations
starting on May 4. The Tablighis said their talks with the local
Taliban were successful, and they had announced a truce till May
Suspected Taliban operatives looted
PKR 910,000 meant for the salaries of employees at two Government
schools at Narak in North Waziristan. The money was being carried
in a local passenger van when the operatives stopped the vehicle
and took the money, authorities in Miranshah said, suspecting
that local militants were behind the robbery.
No report of violence anywhere in
North Waziristan was received on the first day of the 10-day unilateral
cease-fire announced by the militants. The militants had declared
the truce to facilitate the peaceful holding of the three-day
Tableeghi gathering in Miranshah from May 4.
Two tribesmen were wounded when paramilitary forces opened fire
on a car at Miranshah. Official sources said that the car heading
towards South Waziristan from Miranshah was carrying five people
and it was stopped at a check-post for checking. The tribesmen
reportedly belonged to the Mahsud tribe of South Waziristan.
A message from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was distributed
in the Miranshah and Mir Ali bazaars of North Waziristan, calling
on Pakistani Muslims to help "the oppressed people of Waziristan".
The message was printed on pamphlets, which enjoined the receiver
to print more copies and distribute them to everyone. The message
reads: "Pakistani Muslims, May Allah reward you and bless you
for what you did for your brothers affected in the October 8 earthquake.
It is incumbent upon you to come forward and help the great sons
of tribal Pakhtuns whose houses have been demolished by the Pakistani
army to please the US government… I pray to Allah Almighty to
accept the martyrdom of those who laid down their lives in jihad
and give health to the injured and bless their families. I also
pray to Allah to punish Bush, Pervez Musharraf and their forces
and give them the punishment that they deserve besides giving
an opportunity to one of the lions of Islam to kill Bush's slave
in Pakistan." Apart from the message, the pamphlet contains verses
from the Holy Quran and the name of the militant outfit Mujahideen
Amaraat Islamia Afghanistan.
Suspected tribal militants fired two rockets at a Bajaur Scouts
security camp in Khar. However, no loss of life or injuries was
United States helicopter gun-ships wounded at least three Pakistani
labourers in a missile strike against suspected Taliban operatives
in South Waziristan. The three were brought to the border town
of Angoor Adda from a nearby mountain where they had been mining
for minerals, but another eight men were unaccounted for, said
unnamed officials. However, the US military later said that the
air strike killed four suspected Taliban or al Qaeda fighters.
US ground troops later found the operatives dead and captured
a fifth, Lt-Col Paul Fitzpatrick said at the US military base
at Bagram outside Kabul in Afghanistan. Maj.
Gen Shaukat Sultan of the Pakistani Army denied news about the
border violation, saying no incident occurred. One police personnel
was killed in a landmine blast in a remote area of Bajaur Agency.
Officials said the incident occurred at Inayat Kili, around 15
kilometers west of Khar.
SFs arrested a suspected Tunisian Al Qaeda operative, Abdur Rehman,
along with a Pakistani and an Afghan near the Bannu town on the
border with Afghanistan.
Security forces arrested three Afghans and a Pakistani in North
Waziristan for alleged links to the Taliban.
Six more bodies were found in the Khwaja Khizar mountains of
South Waziristan, taking the death toll in an attack on Angoor
Adda to 10. US planes intruded into Pakistani territory on May
8 and fired at least three missiles on Khwaja Khizar mountain
near Angoor Adda when miners were excavating chromite. The local
tribes recovered four bodies from the site, while six more bodies
were found later. Three workers were reportedly wounded.
Suspected terrorists shot dead a soldier, identified as Hamza
Ali, at Razmak Adda in North Waziristan.
Troops retaliated as at least eight rocket were fired on Datakhel
Fort, about 25 kilometers west of Miranshah, targeting paramilitary
troops. However, no casualties were reported in these incidents.
Unidentified assailants shot dead an official, identified as
Sultan Khan, in the Jandola area of South Waziristan.
Suspected militants fired rockets on the residence of a pro-government
tribal elder, Malik Sadaat Khan, in the Esokhel area near Mirali.
Unidentified assailants fired five rockets towards security
forces in North Waziristan from nearby mountains in Datta Khel,
near the Pakistan border with Afghanistan.
Security forces killed at least 18 terrorists and blew up two
vehicles near Miranshah. The action was taken after a soldier
had been killed in an attack on a picket. Reuters, quoting security
officials, said that 11 terrorists were killed in the incident
whereas AFP put the number of deaths at nine. The gun-battle occurred
near the Nariwala area on Razmak-Miranshah road when terrorists
fired on the security picket of Mohmand Rifles, killing one soldier
and wounding three.
Two personnel of the Khasadar (a local security force), Habibullah
and Shundi Gul, were shot dead in the Miranshah bazaar. A wanted
militant, Maulvi Sadiq Noor, announces a ban on music and video
shops and narcotic use in the Hamuzai area near Miranshah.
An announcement was made through loud speakers from mosques,
asking men to grow beards and give up un-Islamic practices including
listening to music and using narcotics. "Violators will be punished
according to Shariat", the announcement said.
An army officer was killed and five others, including a captain,
were injured when suspected militants attacked their convoy in
the Maizer Madakhel area near Dattakhel. The soldiers retaliated
and captured 11 suspects, including three in an injured condition.
shot dead a senior pro-government tribal chief in the Khaddi area
of Miranshah. Tooti Gul, leader of the 30,000-strong Dawar tribe
in Darpakhel district, was returning to Bannu from Miranshah by
car when he was forcibly dragged from the vehicle by unidentified
assailants. His body was discovered by the paramilitary force
three hours later.
soldiers and a militant were killed in a grenade attack at a security
checkpost in North Waziristan's Mirali town. The attacker, later
identified as a local tribesman, was killed as troops retaliated.
have warned families of those killed in military operations in Tank
and South Waziristan Agency against accepting any compensation from
the government. A pamphlet to this effect was distributed among
people in Tank, Frontier Region Jandola, Spinkai Raghzai and Barond
in South Waziristan. It said, "If anybody accepts money from American
agents in the name of martyrs, such people's face will be blackened,
their heads will be shaved and they will be moved around on donkey-back."
Recently government reportedly paid half a million rupees for every
person killed and Rupees 200,000 for every one injured in military
A clinic at Hamzoni
village near Miranshah was damaged when explosives planted by
suspected terrorists went off.
dead a carpet trader at Miranshah, accusing him of spying for the
Wana said that terrorists fired rockets on military outposts in
the Shakai and Anzer Naray areas. However, no loss of life or injuries
A bomb explosion occurred in a car, which
had been stopped at a check-post in the Dattakhail area of North
Waziristan. The driver and soldiers, Ashraf Khan and Nazer Khan,
were killed and two other soldiers, Zulfiqar and Muntazim, wounded.
In Mirali bazaar, five unidentified
assailants attacked a car, killing pro-government tribal elder
Malik Takhti Khan on the spot.
Three girls, Shabeena, Parveen Bibi and
Maryam, were killed when they stepped on an anti-personnel mine
at Akori village in the FATA.
Security forces shot dead a bystander
after a military convoy hit a remote-controlled device on the
main highway near the Mirali Bazaar in North Waziristan. A vehicle,
which was part of the convoy, was partially damaged in the explosion
but soldiers in the truck remained unhurt. Eyewitnesses said that
after the explosion troops started firing, killing a tribesman.
A pro-government tribal elder, Malik
Mehrdil, was shot dead at Chakmalai on the Wana-Jandola road in
A soldier of the paramilitary
FC was wounded on in a terrorist attack at Boya Ahmadkhel in North
Waziristan. An improvised explosive device was reportedly blown
up with remote control when the FC convoy reached Boya Ahmadkhel
from Bairamand on its way to Miranshah.
fired at and injured a divisional forest officer and his driver
on the Tank-Wana road in the limits of Tank district of South
Two soldiers were reportedly wounded
when a bomb exploded near their truck along a road in Shakai.
Hour before the bombing, terrorists
targeted several security posts with around 45 rockets, mortars
and assault rifles at various locations in Shakai. No one was
hurt in the spate of small-scale attacks that began after midnight
on May 30 and continued through the early hours of May 31.
Two people were killed
and a woman sustained injuries when two rockets were fired at
the house of one Noor Gul near Miranshah.
A paramilitary soldier
was injured when he stepped on an explosive device on the Razmak-Aesha
blew up a picket of the security forces in North Waziristan.
fired rockets at a military convoy near Miranshah, killing two
soldiers and injuring two others. Another soldier was accidentally
killed and six were wounded in 'friendly fire' near a suspected
militant hideout, following the attack.
launched a rocket attack on the Oblanki check-post in the Dosali
area of Razmak subdivision in North Waziristan, killing one soldier
and injuring another. Sources said that 15 rockets were fired.
The army pounded assailants' positions with artillery for two
The political administration
sealed 35 shops of the Humzoni tribe in Miranshah under the Collective
Responsibility Act of the Frontier Crime Regulations and arrested
four tribesmen in connection with a bomb blast in Shahzadkot a
few days ago. The explosion had killed two army personnel and
injured two others.
Terrorists reportedly attacked an army
convoy with an improvised explosive device in the Chashma area
of North Waziristan, injuring a soldier and a civilian.
No foreign forces
will be allowed to operate in the FATA against the al Qaeda, a
meeting presided over by President Pervez Musharraf decided. "Only
our own forces will ensure security in North and South Waziristan
agencies and other FATA areas. As a sovereign country, Pakistan
cannot allow any foreign troops to operate on its soil," Interior
Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said.
triggered a bomb near a patrol of troops in North Waziristan and
soldiers opened fire in retaliation, wounding one civilian. The
soldiers were on a routine security patrol when the roadside bomb
exploded in a bazaar in the Mir Ali town. No one was injured in
the explosion but the passer-by was hit by a bullet when the troops
A landmine explosion
in South Waziristan killed one person and wounded four others.
The blast occurred in the Shakai valley, 35 kilometers southwest
of Wana, at around 9:00am when a private tractor hit a landmine.
Saeed Rehman, the 18-year-old driver, died on the spot while his
four co-workers sustained injuries.
Pakistan Army helicopters bombed a terrorist hideout at Darbalooki
village in North Waziristan in a pre-dawn raid, killing up to
20 terrorists. Among those killed was the purported militant 'commander',
identified only as an Arab by the name of Abu Nasir.
Local Taliban and religious leaders in North Waziristan issued
public notices warning people of "serious repercussions" if they
do not shun "un-Islamic activities" like watching movies and listening
to music. The announcement comes a day after the military bombed
a terrorist hideout, killing up to 20 terrorists. The Taliban
warned tribesmen to avoid hashish, heroin and wine, end all smuggling,
ban all "un-Islamic" video and audio cassettes, ban dish antennas
in houses and bazaars, and close all gambling dens. All such places
of gambling will now be used for a "noble purpose", the announcement
said. The Taliban also announced a ban on interest on loans, and
staged fights between birds and animals. "Any person committing
these atrocities from Monday [June 12] will be punished accordingly
if spared by the government," said the announcement. Sources said
that most local tribesmen supported the announcement, believing
its implementation would bring peace to the troubled tribal agency.
The Pakistan Army raised the number of militants killed in a
raid on a training camp a day earlier to more than 30, mostly
foreigners including Arabs, Uzbeks and local fighters who also
took part in attacks inside Afghanistan. 22 Arabs, three Uzbeks
and seven local tribal militants linked to the al Qaeda and Taliban
were among those killed in the attack, a senior Pakistani security
official said on condition of anonymity.
An improvised explosive device exploded near a FC picket in Mir
Ali wounding one soldier.
The local Taliban reportedly burnt a car on the same day at Mir
Ali claiming that it was being used to supply ration for the security
Militants opened fire at a roadblock manned by paramilitary
troops on the outskirts of Miranshah, but no one was wounded.
The headless body of an Afghan national, identified as Asim Khan,
was found in the Thabi village, 20 kilometers north of Miranshah.
A note in Pushto language found on his body said he had been slaughtered
as a punishment for spying for the American forces in Afghanistan.
SFs opened fire on four suspected militants at the Army Camp
in Miranshah, killing one of them.
Two Frontier Corp personnel were injured in a landmine blast
Two SF personnel were wounded and an army vehicle was damaged
in a landmine explosion at Darpakhel in North Waziristan. An unidentified
woman was killed as SF personnel retaliated.Two tribesmen were
A soldier was killed and six others wounded when an IED went
off near an army convoy in the Speem Wam area.
Tribal journalist, Hayatullah Khan, who went missing on December
5, 2005, while investigating the death of an al Qaeda operative,
was found dead in North Waziristan. The Assistant Political Agent
of Mir Ali, Muhammad Fida Khan, said, "We found a dead body, which
was recognised as Hayatullah, the missing tribal journalist. He
was handcuffed and had a long beard, suggesting he spent a long
time in captivity. He looked very weak." The body was found in
the Khaisor Mountains, four kilometers south of Mir Ali. Hayatullah
is the third tribal journalist to be killed in the Waziristan
region. Two journalists were killed in Wana in February 2005.
Suspected pro-Taliban militants fired rockets at a military
post at Mir Ali, wounding one soldier and damaging two vehicles.
SFs shot dead two suspected tribal militants, Zainullah and Bulbul,
and wounded another in response to an attack on their check-post
in North Waziristan. SFs also arrested five suspected tribal militants
and seized 14 grenades while searching a van in the same area.
A self-proclaimed leader of militants, Haji Mohammad Omar, while
speaking at a big gathering in Shakai, said peace could not return
to the North and South Waziristan Agencies unless army left the
region and said that suicide attacks and Jihad in Afghanistan
would continue till foreign troops left Kabul. The gathering was
organised to commemorate the second death anniversary of militant
leader, Nek Mohammad Wazir, who was killed in a missile attack.
The Taliban in North Waziristan claimed to have shot down a Pakistan
Army helicopter that crashed, killing four soldiers. Taliban spokesperson
Abdullah Farhad said that they had launched attacks on army helicopters
in the past, but this was the first successful strike. However,
Military spokesperson Major General Shaukat Sultan refuted the
claim saying that the helicopter crashed due to technical problems.
Three FC personnel were killed and three others sustained injuries
in an IED blast on the Bannu-Mir Ali road.
Security agencies arrested five foreigners who were on their
way to Wana in South Waziristan from Zhob in Balochistan.
Unidentified assailants opened fire on a police patrol party
on Bannu-Miranshah Road, killing three police personnel, including
Militants in North Waziristan announced a month-long unilateral
cease-fire to allow a tribal Jirga to negotiate a peaceful settlement
to the security problems in the volatile tribal agency. Abdullah
Farhad, a self proclaimed spokesperson for the Taliban in North
Waziristan, said that the truce was temporary and the militants
had the right to defend themselves if attacked. He demanded the
return of SFs operating in the agency to their bases during the
cease-fire period and that the forces leave the tribal area within
the next month. He also demanded abolishing all new check posts
in the tribal areas and said that only the Khasadar (a local tribal
force) force should be deployed at check posts established before
the military operation.
The Taliban spokesperson also demanded the release of "all people"
arrested by the authorities during the military operation and
said the government should also revive incentives to tribal elders
which were stopped because of the elders' "non-cooperation".
NWFP Governor Ali Mohammad Jan Orakzai told reporters, "We welcome
the announcement made by the militants and the government will
reciprocate accordingly," adding, the grand tribal Jirga would
also consider the militants' demands.
Three FC personnel were injured when unidentified gunmen opened
fire on their convoy near Banda village, five kilometers south
Six SF personnel were killed when a suicide bomber rammed his
explosives-laden car at Aisha checkpoint, 10 kilometers east of
Miranshah. A man identifying himself as Abdullah Farhad and claiming
to be a spokesperson for the Taliban initially denied the group's
involvement in the attack, saying, "Some elements within the government
do not want peace in North Waziristan." However, hours later,
Farhad said that the bombers were Taliban militants but had not
intended to launch an attack.
Unidentified assailants attacked five members of a criminal gang
and killed its leader, Guldar, in Shawal.
A soldier was reportedly injured in a bomb blast that occurred
near Miranshah, where the military convoy was heading from Bannu.
Unconfirmed reports said that three persons were killed in retaliatory
fire by the security forces.
Unidentified militants shot dead a religious leader, identified
as Pir Lala Khan, and injured three others at Spinkai Raghzai
village in South Waziristan.
The NWFP Governor Ali Muhammad Jan Orakzai stated that the one-month
cease-fire announced by militants in North Waziristan could be
extended. Addressing a tribal Jirga, he said an extension of the
cease-fire could be negotiated, if needed, adding, "I hope the
ceasefire will hold because tribal people honour their words."
A senior official in Miranshah, Muhammad Iqbal Khattak, said
that 50 tribesmen who were arrested under the Territorial Responsibility
Law of the Frontier Crimes Regulation had been released.
Two separate pamphlets, one from the Government and the other
from the Taliban, were distributed in Miranshah. One pamphlet
hailed the cease-fire while the other warned tribesmen against
"foreign agents" who were using religion to misguide the people.
The Pakistan Army reportedly released 35 tribesmen following
a similar move by civil authorities to shore up a cease-fire by
militants. The release of detainees was one of the demands made
by the militants when they called a month-long ceasefire to allow
tribal elders to begin talks with the Government to end violence.
The local Taliban staged the public execution of an alleged killer
at Ipi, a town near Mir Ali. "The man was shot with AK-47 assault
rifles by relatives of the murdered men," said eyewitnesses, adding,
the Taliban had "arrested" the man and had asked the victims'
relatives to kill him in public. They added, "The militants blindfolded
him and tied his hands together, dragged him to a public area
in the village and gave assault rifles and three bullets to one
of the relatives of each of the dead. The sound of the gunshot
echoed in the area, as people chanted Allahu Akbar (God is great)."
Sources said that the execution was the first of its kind in North
Waziristan, where the Taliban's influence was spreading despite
the presence of large contingents of the Army.
Suspected tribal militants fired several rockets on an army checkpoint
at Landai Noor in the Shakai area.
At least 10 rockets and seven rocket-propelled grenades were
fired on an army checkpoint in Tip Ghar.
Also, troops posted at Narai Oba in Wana came under fire. Rockets
were fired on South Waziristan Scouts posted at Nawai Kot.
One person was killed and two others sustained injuries when
SFs opened fire following an IED blast at Eidak village near Miranshah.
The explosion occurred near a seminary when a military convoy
was heading towards Bannu. One among the three persons wounded
in the explosion succumbed to his injuries later at a local hospital.
Suspected Islamist militants shot dead a pro-government tribal
leader, Fateh Khan, and one SF personnel in a pre-dawn attack
at Babara village in the Bajaur tribal Agency.
A police personnel, Hashim Khan, was killed when unidentified
gunmen attacked a security check post at Torghundai in South Waziristan.
Unidentified militants attacked two-security check posts at Sarwakai
Suspected militants blew up a roadside bomb near Miranshah. However,
no casualties were reported.
The local Taliban commanders have warned the South Waziristan
administration against collecting import tax. A senior official,
who wished not to be named, said on an unspecified day that the
Taliban considered the tax collection "un-Islamic" and warned
the tax collectors of "serious consequences" if they do not stop
immediately. Authorities collect thousands of rupees in taxes
on goods imported into and exported from South Waziristan at more
than 20 check posts every day and the money goes to the political
agent's 'Agency Development Fund' for meeting the administration's
32 tribesmen who were arrested for their suspected links with
militants in North Waziristan have been set free on an unspecified
Militants freed four SF personnel belonging to the Shawal Scouts
who were abducted from Razmak Road three months ago at an undisclosed
location near Miranshah.
A grand tribal Jirga negotiated a one-month extension to the
ceasefire in North Waziristan between local militants and government
forces. The Jirga led by Maulana Nek Zaman, National Assembly
member from North Waziristan, held talks with local Taliban commanders
at an undisclosed location east of Miranshah.
The North Waziristan administration has reportedly set free 25
more tribesmen after a grand tribal Jirga met senior government
officials in Miranshah. The tribesmen were arrested about a year
ago for their suspected links with Taliban in Afghanistan and
attacking security forces. The administration has so far released
about 150 tribesmen since June 25 when local Taliban announced
a unilateral ceasefire. Six check-posts have also been removed
near Miranshah, which is also a condition for the ceasefire.
A soldier was killed and three others sustained injuries when
a remote-controlled bomb hit a military convoy at a spot between
Bannu and Miranshah in North Waziristan. This is the first such
attack on the army since June 25 when local Taliban announced
a unilateral truce.
The Taliban have taken over several military check posts in North
Waziristan. BBC reported that more than a dozen check posts monitoring
the highway between Kajhori and Miranshah earlier had been abandoned
and the Taliban are patrolling the highway between Mir Ali and
Uzbek militants in North Waziristan announced that they would
not comply with the unilateral cease-fire by the Taliban, saying
that they had never consented to it.
Five soldiers were injured and several
vehicles damaged when a remote-controlled device exploded near
an army camp at Shakai.
Taliban militants beheaded a pro-government tribal elder in North
Waziristan. The body of Loi Khan was found dumped on a road in
Garhiyoum, some 40 kilometers south of Miranshah. The man was
abducted last week from the adjoining South Waziristan and a note
found on the body reportedly said Khan had been killed as punishment
for working as an "informer."
Suspected terrorists reportedly fired a rocket that landed near
a military base in Wana, without causing any damage.
Suspected terrorists killed a tribal elder in South Waziristan
for allegedly "spying" for the United States. Noor Muhammad was
shot dead in Angoor Adda, 40 kilometers west of Wana.
Suspected terrorists fired dozens of rockets at two military
posts at Shakai and Ladni Noor in South Waziristan, but no injuries
were reported. The 12 rockets fired in the first attack landed
near a mountaintop security post, while 15 rockets fired in the
other attack landed in a field near another post in Landi Noor.
Militants in North Waziristan have extended the cease-fire by
another 15 days as Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly,
Maulana Fazlur Rehman, has joined efforts to help clear some obstacles
to an agreement for restoring peace in the tribal region.
The bullet-riddled body of an Afghan refugee was found in North
Waziristan with a note attached accusing him of spying for the
Unidentified persons decapitated two Afghans accused of spying
for US and Afghan authorities in North Waziristan. Their bodies
were found in two villages near Miranshah. The dead were identified
as 45-year-old Noor Wali, a religious leader, and an Afghan refugee
identified as Hak Nawaz.
At least 13 militants, who were arrested earlier for attacks
on SF personnel in North Waziristan, were released.
Troops vacated four checkpoints and
two Government buildings at Miranshah after local militants reached
an understanding with the Government to restore peace. About 250
troops have pulled back from 11 roadblocks in Miranshah. An unspecified
number of troops have also left posts guarding two key Government
The Army pulled out of several check-posts
in North Waziristan ahead of the signing of the peace agreement
between the local administration and militants.
Official sources said that hundreds
of troops had vacated key posts on the main Bannu-Miranshah road
and other areas of North Waziristan and returned to the Tochi
Scouts' fort in the town. Soldiers had reportedly left Khajori,
Aesha, Boya, Doosali, Oblanki, Pash Ziarat base camp near Shawal
Valley, Kalanjer and Shel Ghali posts.
Taliban militants signed a peace agreement with the Government,
pledging not to launch cross-border attacks in Afghanistan and
not to shelter foreign fighters. The agreement aims to end two
years of violence in North Waziristan, where hundreds of people
have died in clashes between security forces and Taliban militants.
The Taliban had been observing a unilateral cease-fire since June
2006. Taliban representative Azad Khan and North Waziristan chief
administrator Fakhar-e-Alam signed the agreement in Miranshah,
in the presence of army commander Major General Azhar Ali Shah.
A 10-member committee of tribal elders, clerics and administration
officials was set up to monitor the progress and implementation
of the agreement. Under the agreement, the Taliban accepted the
Government demand that cross-border attacks would not be launched
nor foreign militants sheltered. They also agreed not to attack
Government buildings or security forces, and not to conduct "target
killings" of Government servants, tribal elders and journalists.
In return, the Government agreed to stop air and ground operations;
return all weapons and other material seized during operations;
restore privileges of tribesmen; and remove all check-posts.
Military regime spokesperson Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan is reported
to have said that if Osama bin Laden is in Pakistan, he "would
not be taken into custody as long as one is being like a peaceful
citizen." Sultan's comments came in the context of questions in
the US about the withdrawal of Pakistani military from Waziristan
under a deal with pro-Taliban militants.
The political authorities and militants exchanged weapons and
vehicles in North Waziristan as a part of implementation of the
peace agreement signed a day earlier. Administration returned
24 AK-47 rifles and eight trucks to the militants in Miranshah.
The rifles and vehicles had been seized in army operations in
the region. The militants, meanwhile, handed over three G-3 rifles,
some wireless sets, berets and badges to the authorities.
Officials said that the authorities had abolished 11 new checkpoints
and the army had evacuated outposts in the area. The political
administration reportedly removed the names of two militant commanders,
Maulvi Sadiq Noor and Maulvi Abdul Khaliq, from the list of wanted
men, officials said in Peshawar.
The NWFP Governor Ali Mohammad Jan Aurakzai rules out withdrawal
of the army from North Waziristan, and said troops will remain
along the Afghan border to check infiltration. He rejected an
impression that the Government had signed a deal with militants
or the local Taliban. "We have not signed any agreement with the
Taliban; this is a deal between the government and the Utmanzai
tribe," he claimed.
The bullet-riddled body of a civilian 'accused of spying' for
US forces was found near Miranshah town in North Waziristan. "The
man had confessed during interrogation that he spied on the Taliban
activities for the Americans", said a hand-written note found
on the body.
Suspected Islamic militants killed a tribal elder in South Waziristan.
Malik Dalai was killed near Wana, the area intelligence official
A Government official was abducted in North Waziristan, the first
such incident in the region after a peace deal was signed with
pro-Taliban militants on September 5. Aurangzeb Gandapur, a rural
development department official, was abducted on the outskirts
of Mirali town.
The U.S. indicated that the agreement the Government signed with
pro-Taliban tribal chiefs in North Waziristan on September 5 has
the 'potential to work'. In a speech at the School of Advanced
International Studies in Washington, Assistant Secretary of State
Richard Boucher endorsed the deal as an effort to get tribal support
to defeat terrorism. Boucher said: "The agreement really has the
potential to work." The U.S., he said, understood that to effectively
control the Afghan border, Pakistan needed "cooperation from local
tribes and they are really trying to get in."
Suspected militants injured two soldiers in an attack, using
rockets and assault rifles, on a military base at Shakai in South
Taliban militants executed a tribesman in the Laddha village
of South Waziristan, after convicting him of double murder. Sangeen
Khan, who was shot dead, was charged with killing a rival and
the latter's spouse after torching a house in 2005, said an official.
Three people, including a Government official, were shot dead
and two others were wounded in South Waziristan. Unidentified
persons, riding a car, opened fire on an official vehicle in Wana
bazaar around 8pm killing an official, identified as Gul Zada,
and his two associates, Minal Khan and Khizrullah, and injuring
In North Waziristan, security forces arrested 10 people from
the Lawara Mandi area. The action was taken after six US helicopter
gun-ships intruded into the Pakistan airspace following clashes
between the allied forces and Taliban across the border. After
the September 5-peace accord between the Government and militants
it was the first action by the security forces in the region.
Reports from Peshawar said that five bodies were brought from
Afghanistan's Paktika province to Miranshah, the administrative
headquarters of North Waziristan. Official sources said that all
the deceased, including a prominent militant commander Maulana
Abdul Kalam, belonged to North Waziristan. They said that the
tribesmen might have been killed in a gun-battle with the allied
forces in Afghanistan.
||Suspected militants shot dead an Afghan
man in North Waziristan for allegedly spying for US forces in Afghanistan.
"Wazir Khan was killed because he was a US spy," stated a letter
near the bullet-riddled body, which was found near a checkpoint
two kilometers north of Miranshah.
The Government denied a report by a British newspaper that the
peace agreement in Waziristan was endorsed by Taliban chief Mullah
Omar. "There is no truth to the story. We strongly deny that the
peace deal with the tribesmen was signed with the consent of Mullah
Omar. There was no outsider involved in the agreement," Senator
Tariq Azeem, state Minister for Information, told Daily Times.
British newspaper The Telegraph reported that the fugitive Mullah
Omar signed a letter explicitly endorsing the truce announced
on September 5. "Had they been not asked by Mullah Omar, none
of them were willing to sign an agreement," said Lateef Afridi,
a tribal elder and former National Assembly member.
Five suspected militants, including two foreigners and local
militant 'commander' Khanan, were injured in a bomb explosion
in the Shakai valley. Khanan had reportedly launched a campaign
to expel Tajik and Uzbek nationals from South Waziristan, but
he could not succeed.
Rockets were fired on the Scouts camp in Wana injuring a soldier,
Ali Merjan Afridi.
Unidentified gunmen killed two militants and injured three others
near Wana in South Waziristan. No one claimed responsibility for
the incident, but an area intelligence official said the attack
may have been linked with rivalry between pro-Taliban tribal militants
and a group of Uzbek fighters. The attacked militants were believed
to be loyal to a pro-Taliban tribesman known as Hanan, who had
started a campaign to oust Uzbek militants living in the Shakai
mountain valley region north of Wana, an intelligence official
The local Taliban have set up their office in Miranshah, the
headquarters of North Waziristan, for 'curbing crimes and anti-social
activities' in the area. Announcements were made and pamphlets
distributed in the town, asking residents to co-operate with the
Taliban in keeping peace in the area. The office has reportedly
been set up on the premises of the main bus stand in Miranshah.
The Taliban Shura has appointed a committee to run the office.
"There is complete lawlessness in the area and crimes have increased.
So after the peace accord Taliban have set up office to serve
residents of the area and restore peace," read one pamphlet, referring
to the agreement signed between the Government and the Taliban
on September 5. Another leaflet posted around Miranshah said clerics
would be collecting funds to pay for a force aimed at protecting
people from criminals.
The Taliban have imposed ban on the movement of 'masked men'
in the agency and asked people to inform them if anybody found
moving about in the area with his face covered. The pamphlet said
that if an incident of robbery, dacoity or any other criminal
act occurred in the area, people should immediately contact the
Taliban by phone or lodge a complaint at their office.
Military authorities returned Kalashnikovs, books and other
material belonging to a seminary run by Afghan Jihadi 'commander'
Maulana Jalaluddin Haqqani. Officials said security forces had
raided the seminary a few months ago and seized arms and equipment.
Under the peace accord, the Government and militants would return
weapons and other equipment snatched during army operations.
An Afghan national was shot dead in the Mirali area on suspicion
of spying for the US. Assistant Political Agent Fida Muhammad
said that the body of Malang Khan was found near Khadi village
on the Mirali-Miranshah Road. The deceased hailed from Afghanistan's
Khost province and was living in a refugee camp in Kohat. A note
found on the body said: "Malang has been spying on the Taliban
in the North and South Waziristan agencies for Americans. A satellite
phone set has also been recovered from him."
A senior official of the political administration of Bajaur
Agency escaped a remote-controlled bomb blast unhurt. Yar Muhammad
Khan was on his way to Khar when a roadside remote-controlled
bomb exploded damaging his vehicle's windscreen
Saboteurs fired two rockets on the scouts' camp in Garmai Headquarters
at Wana. However, no casualty was reported.
Two soldiers were killed and three others were wounded when militants
attacked a check post at the Ganji Tekri in South Waziristan.
In the Bajaur Agency, security force personnel escaped unhurt
after their check post came under rocket attack while an explosion
destroyed a video shop in the agency's headquarters.
The movement of militants from Pakistan into Afghanistan has
increased since Islamabad signed a deal with tribal elders in
September 2006, said NATO's top military commander. The International
Security Assistance Force was monitoring the situation after the
agreement with pro-Taliban elders in North Waziristan, General
James Jones told reporters.
The local Taliban in North Waziristan
beheaded an Islamic cleric for allegedly spying for the United
States in Afghanistan. The decapitated body of Maulvi Salahuddin
was found in the Makeen area, 75 kilometers south of Miranshah.
A note attached to the body warned: "The Maulvi was an American
spy and all of you will face this (fate) if you follow him."
The Taliban in Wana addressed a
local Jirga (council) on new rules to punish collaborators and
criminals. They informed the 300-strong congregation of tribal
elders that they would first warn a collaborator's family of the
consequences of working for the Americans. But if the suspect
continued spying, he would be executed.
Seven men convicted of banditry
by the Taliban were paraded in a Wana bazaar after having had
their hair torn out in fistfuls as punishment.
A less-known al Qaeda affiliate
in North Waziristan gave the go-ahead for the attempted rocket
attacks in and around the federal capital Islamabad in October
2006, a senior investigator has said. The investigator said that
the al Qaeda affiliate, the Islamic Jihad Group, based at Mirali
in North Waziristan, had approved the plot before the Pakistani
masterminds executed it in early October. "While the fingers were
in Islamabad, the tail was in Mirali," the investigator said.
A Shura of militant groups in North and South Waziristan has
decided to launch a campaign against lawlessness and appoint a
committee to collect donations to finance Mujahideen activities.
Pamphlets distributed purportedly on behalf of the newly-appointed
militant commander Mullah Muhammad Nazir in Wana and Miranshah
said the Mujahideen Shura had outlined steps for restoring peace
and curbing crime in the two areas bordering Afghanistan.
Militant groups had reportedly unanimously declared Mullah Nazir
as their Amir (chief) about two months ago. Nazir has reportedly
replaced Haji Muhammad Omar, elder brother of 'commander' Nek
Muhammad who was killed in a missile attack in 2004. Nazir, who
is on a list of people wanted by the Afghan Government, had close
affiliation with the Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan chief Gulbuddin
Senior local administration official, Faizullah, who was traveling
in a passenger van was abducted by armed gunmen at Mir Ali.
Unidentified people fired two rockets at the Scouts Camp in Wana,
where the NWFP Governor Lt-Gen (retd) Ali Mohammad Jan Orakzai
was attending a Jirga of tribal elders but no harm was caused
to him or anybody else in the heavily-guarded office-cum-residential
complex for the paramilitary Frontier Corps troops and officials
of the political administration. Later in the evening, five more
rockets were fired at the Scouts Camp with at least two falling
inside its perimeters and injuring a Frontier Corps soldier, identified
as Khannan Afridi.
Electricity supply to Wana was disrupted when militants clashed
with security forces. Militants fired four rockets at the Scouts
Camp in Wana, three of them hitting the camp. Security forces
retaliated, resulting in the disruption of electricity to Wana.
Militants fired five rockets targeting a military fort near Mir
Ali town in North Waziristan.
Armed men reportedly snatched a private vehicle carrying supplies
for troops at Ippi village and took the contractor hostage.
A tribal peace committee member, Malik Khan Jan, and his three
associates were killed when a bomb hit their vehicle at Shakai.
Pakistan received approximately $1.1 billion in 2005 from the
United States for the logistical support it provided for counter-terrorism
operations, including its own military operation mainly in Waziristan
and other tribal areas along the Durand Line. According to a recent
report of the Asian Development Bank, Pakistan received about
$1.1 billion from the United States for logistical support. And
according to a report of the Congressional Research Services (CRS),
updated on October 26, the United States disbursed about $3.7
billion to Pakistan for counter-terrorism operations during January
2002 to August 2005.
A cleric was killed on suspicion of spying for
the United States and his body was found near Razmak in North
Waziristan on November 19. Sources said a note found on the body
read that Maulvi Mohammad Hashim was a `US spy' and that he had
been punished in accordance with the Shariat. Maulvi Hashim, 45,
was an aide of Maulvi Salahuddin, who was abducted and killed
on suspicion of spying in the same area on November 3. Both the
clerics belonged to the Musaki village.
Paramilitary forces in North Waziristan killed
four suspected terrorists. BBC Urdu quoted security force officials
as saying that some anti-state elements had attacked a paramilitary
base near Mir Ali. The paramilitary forces retaliated, killing
the four militants on the spot. While the militants removed the
bodies of three of the dead men, paramilitary forces managed to
recover one corpse. The dead man was identified as Abdul Rehman,
a resident of Spin Wam.
Suspected pro-Taliban militants killed a cleric
in South Waziristan, accusing him of spying for US forces operating
in Afghanistan. Authorities reportedly found the bullet-riddled
body of Maulana Gul Thaheem in a ravine in Makeen. A note found
on the body said Thaheem "spied for Americans and he was a friend
of Maulana Salah-ud-Din, and Maulana Hashim Khan", two clerics
shot dead previously, accused of spying.
A Khasadar (tribal police personnel), identified
as Akal Noor, is killed and two others are injured when unidentified
gunmen opened fire at a Government official's vehicle in North