Two girl students of a seminary
were killed and five others injured when a mortar shell landed
outside the institution in Akkakhel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber
Agency of FATA. The mortar shell fired from an unknown direction
fell outside the seminary in Gud Malang locality when the students
were leaving the place after attending their classes. The victims
were identified as six-year-old daughter of Said Muhammad and
seven-year-old daughter of Aziz Khan Zakhakhel. Five other girls
injured in the incident were identified as daughters of Zar Malik,
Manduz Zakhakhel and Zakir Khan.
A civilian worker of the FWO was
killed and four security men were seriously injured when the vehicle
they were travelling in was hit by a remote-controlled bomb near
Matches Camp in Miranshah.
The house of an anti-polio worker
was partially damaged in a blast apparently carried out by militants
at Vermando Mela in Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency. The sources
said that militants placed explosives in the backyard of the newly-
constructed house of one Ashfaq, who has been working as polio
campaigner in the area for last several years, before triggering
the explosion. Two rooms and a veranda were destroyed in the explosion,
the sources added.
At least two suspected militants
were killed and six others injured in an overnight operation by
Security Forces in Miranshah of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.
According to an official, curfew had been imposed in the area
Taliban leader Maulvi Nazir was
among 10 Taliban militants killed in a US-operated drone strike
in the South Waziristan Agency of FATA. The drone targeted the
Taliban leader's moving convoy. "Maulvi Nazir was on his way to
Wana from Birmal when the convoy was hit in Sarkundi area (in
Birmal tehsil), killing him and nine others," officials sources
Maulvi Nazir is the second top
Taliban leader to be killed in a drone strike after Baitullah
Mehsud, who was chief of the TTP when he was killed in 2009. Maulvi
Nazir had 'earned fame' in spring 2007 when he led a successful
uprising against foreign militants in Ahmedzai Wazir-held areas,
ousting Uzbek militants along with their local supporters. He
linked administration of polio vaccination to cessation of drone
strikes and no polio drive could be launched in Ahmedzai Wazir
areas since the ban in June 2012.
Security agencies warned the Government
of likely backlash from the supporters of Maulvi Nazir. "There
may be backlash from a Taliban group and the federal government
should direct all provincial capitals to increase vigilance against
any threat," security officials spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Pentagon (US) welcomed reports
that Maluvi Nazir was killed in a drone strike, saying his death
would represent a "major development." Pentagon spokesman George
Little did not confirm the reports of the killing, but said, "If
the reports are true, then this would be a significant blow, and
would be very helpful not just to the United States but also to
our Pakistani partners."
Nazir was killed along with his
five guards when a missile hit his vehicle while he was going
to Wana from Birmal on January 2. Maulvi Nazir's key aide Rata
Khan was among the other militants killed when the vehicle was
attacked near Angoor Adda on the Afghan border, the official said.
Nazir had survived a suicide bombing in November 29, 2012. The
TTP, the umbrella organisation of Pakistani militant groups, denied
its involvement, but Nazir, under pressure from the government,
ordered the expulsion of Mehsud tribesmen from Wana. The TTP leadership
comes from the Mehsud tribe. He had entered into a peace agreement
with the government after his group expelled militants of the
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, led then by Tahir Uldashev, in
2007 from the area. Nazir's fighters avoided attacking government
and Security Forces' installations in the tribal region and cooperated
with the local administration, an official said. The military
is believed to have struck a non-aggression pact with Nazir ahead
of its 2009 operation against militants in South Waziristan. Nazir
was understood to be close to the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network.
Nazir had property in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. He earlier
used to be a member of the Hizb-i-Islami, an Afghan militant group.
Nazir's group quickly appointed
his close aide Bawal Khan as a replacement, according to one of
his aides. But a Reuters report named the successor as Salahuddin
In NWA, six militants, a close
associate of the TTP's chief Hakimullah Mehsud among them, were
killed in a drone attack in Mir Ali tehsil. According to sources,
unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at about 9am on a car carrying
Shah Faisal and other militants in Mubarak Shahi, some 20 kilometers
east of Miranshah. Two others killed in the attack were identified
as Israr and Lateef.
Local authorities said that a
second drone strike targeted other militants, including TTP 'commander'
Faisal Khan and two Uzbek militants in Mir Ali region of NWA on
Helicopter gunships pounded several
areas in NWA, killing three people, including a woman, and injuring
four others. Dozens of families fled the area after several houses
were damaged by shelling on Matches Camp in Miranshah. Militants
were suspected to be hiding in the areas. The administration imposed
a curfew in the region for the second day and launched a search
operation after a security man and a civilian were killed and
four personnel injured in a roadside bomb attack on a vehicle
of the Frontier Works Organization.
A Government school was blown
up in Mashokhel village in the night. Police officials in the
area said the militants bombed the school by placing explosives
at the building of the Government High School Mashokhel located
the jurisdiction of the Badaber Police Station. The explosion
was triggered with a remote-controlled device that destroyed three
rooms and caused cracks in other parts of the building.
Twenty militants were killed and
12 others sustained injuries in air strikes carried out by Army
warplanes in the Kukikhel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency
of FATA. The sources said that fighter jet bombed the sanctuaries
of the TTP in Dwatoy and Bragat areas, killing 20 militants and
causing injuries to 12 others. The official sources said that
'commander' Abdul Wali alias Umar Khalid, designated head of TTP
for Tirah valley, was also present in Dwatoy at the time of the
attack. Some reports suggested that he was among the dead. However,
it couldn't be verified from independent sources or the TTP due
to lack of communication facilities in the Tirah Valley.
The Kukikhel part of the Tirah
valley fell to the TTP a few months back after the militant group
defeated the Kukikhel Afridi tribal lashkar. The sources said
that the Commander Tariq Afridi-led faction of TTP having bases
in the valley had claimed responsibility for the assassination
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Bashir Bilour in Peshawar
and also for the killing of 22 kidnapped members of the Levies
force in Frontier Region Peshawar. Sources said that TTP cadres
had celebrated the death of Bashir Bilour by resorting to festive
firing for two hours in Dwatoy and surrounding areas. The fresh
airstrikes conducted by the SFs might be a reaction to the assassination
of Bashir Bilour and the deaths of 22 Levies personnel.
Seven more bullet-riddled bodies
were recovered near Sarobi village area on Miranshah-Razmak road
in NWA. The sources said unknown people after killing the seven
men placed their bodies near Sarobi village. The residents of
Sarobi village went there and saw the seven bodies, but they were
not able to recognise them. The villagers said all the seven men
were shot dead. They said some of the bodies had several marks
of bullet injuries. It was second time bullet-riddled bodies were
recovered in the volatile tribal region during the past few days.
Nine bullet-riddled bodies were recovered a few days ago from
Mir Ali subdivision.
A jirga of Haleemzai tribe in
Mohmand Agency decided at Ghallanai to strengthen the local peace
committees to protect Government properties in the area. The jirga,
held at the hujra of local peace committee leader Malik Mohammad
Ali Haleemzai at Sangar village, extended cooperation to SFs and
political administration in maintenance of peace in the tribal
At least 17 persons, all believed
to be suspected militants, were killed and eight others sustained
injuries in three separate US drone attacks in the mountainous
Babar area of Ladha subdivision in South Waziristan Agency of
FATA. According to sources, the drones fired 10 missiles and hit
three different compounds of militants located in the remote mountainous
Babar area. The compounds were reportedly inhabited by the militants
affiliated with Hakimullah Mehsud's TTP and cadres of the Punjabi
TTP chapter leader Qari Imran. A cousin of the TTP 'chief' Hakimullah
Mehsud, Wali Mohammad Toofan, was among the killed militants.
Toofan had been recently elevated to head TTP's 'Fidayee wing'
(Suicide wing) after its leader Qari Hussain died in a drone strike.
Ten militants killed and several
others were injured when fighter planes shelled in the militants'
stronghold of Arghanjoo in Mamozai area in Orakzai Agency. Witnesses
said that the planes came into action at around 10am and carried
out intense shelling on four houses, razing them to the ground.
The dead belonged to Uthmankhel, Ferozkhel and Mamozai areas.
Six persons, including a woman,
were killed when unidentified assailants ambushed a car in Dargai
area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency. The sources said that
the car was heading to Jamrud Bazaar from Chapri village when
armed assailants ambushed it and killed two people and injured
four others. All the victims of the shooting belonged to Kukikhel
At least two security personnel
were killed and another one injured in an IED explosion near Albo
security check post in Margano Jalaa area of Khwezai tehsil, some
40 kilometres west of Ghalanai, the main town of Mohmand Agency.
Assistant Political Agent for Khwezai, Ghazi Nawaz, confirmed
that two security personnel were killed and one was injured in
Tribal elder Malik Amir Nawaz
Khan escaped a remote controlled bomb blast at Kassai area of
Haleemzai tehsil. Officials said that Malik Amir Nawaz was going
to Sangar village to attend a jirga when the blast occurred. He
In Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency,
Army jetfighters targeted militant hideouts. Sources said that
the hideouts were pounded in Khurma Tung area of Akkakhel. Two
hideouts were destroyed while militants escaped unhurt as they
had vacated the place before the aerial bombing.
SFs arrested four suspected militants
during a search operation in Ghundi area of Jamrud tehsil.
At least eight militants were
killed and four others injured when US drones fired missiles struck
militant compounds in the villages of Haider Khel and Hisokhel,
some 25 kilometres east of Miranshah, the main town in the North
Waziristan Agency of FATA. Legal lobby group Reprieve estimates
that up to nearly 900 civilians were among the 2,621 to 3,442
people killed by drones in Pakistan since 2004.
A member of a peace committee
was killed and another injured in an explosion in Bokhar, remote
area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Unidentified assailants
had planted the bomb near the road that exploded, killing a member
of peace committee, Imran, and injured another person, identified
as Noor Muhammad.
The dead body of a Sikh man, who
was abducted by militants over a month ago after accusing him
of acting as a "spy" for a rival group, was recovered from Zakhakhel
Bazaar in Khyber Agency. Unidentified militants abducted Mohinder
Singh from his shop in Tabbai village on November 20.
Three security men - a khasadar,
Khan Akbar, and two personnel of Mehsud Scouts - Naib Subedar
Ashraf and Sepoy Asad - were injured when unidentified militants
ambush a convoy of SFs in Muslim Dhand area of Bara. The convoy
was on its way to Levies centre in Shahkas when it was attacked.
Four children were injured when
a mortar shell fell on the house of Askar Khan Malikdinkhel in
Sur Kas area of Bar Qambarkhel.
SFs with the help of Shalobar
Peace Committee arrested four suspected militants during a raid
in Nawgazee Baba area. The arrested men, Mohammad Jan, Khuga Jan,
Marjan Khan, Jerman Khan and Zar Mohammad, were accused of having
contacts with a Bara-based militant outfit.
Unidentified militants abducted
four watchmen at Jandola bazaar in the FR Tank. The sources said
watchmen Sultan Khan, Attaullah Khan Bhittani, Shaukat Khan Bhittani
and Samiullah were abducted from a private market in Jandola Bazaar.
At least six militants were killed
in US drones attack in Heso Khel village on the edge of Mir Ali
town, around 35 kilometres east of Miranshah town of North Waziristan
Agency of FATA. It was the fifth American drone strike reported
in Pakistan in a week. Pakistani security officials said US drones
fired four missiles - two at a house and another two at a nearby
motorbike, killing four militants in the house and two on the
One soldier, Amir Khan, was injured
critically when militants fired at a checkpost in Ajali Nadi area
of Shalobar in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency.
Two children received injuries
when a mortar shell fell on the house of Hikmat Khan near Aziz
Market of Akkakhel area while in Mandi Kas area one Hazratullah
was injured in a similar incident.
In the same locality, two rooms
of a private school were badly damaged when a mortar shell hit
it. An overhead water tank at the house of Malik Waris Khan, a
Former Minister of State, was also damaged when it was hit by
a stray mortar shell.
Militants blew up a Government
school for girls in Hanji Ayub Kallay in Spin Qabar area in the
night. The explosion destroyed the school building and caused
damage to two nearby houses.
LI warned Zakhakhel tribe to either
provide it with volunteers or leave the area. Sources said that
LI militants distributed pamphlets and made announcements through
loudspeakers in Shalobar area, asking Zakhakhel to send them volunteers
or leave the area.
A roadside bomb killed as many
as 14 soldiers and injured 21 others in Dosali village, 50 kilometres
south of Miranshah, in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. A 'spokesman'
for the Mujahideen Ansar, a group dominated by Uzbek fighters,
claimed responsibility and said that the attack was retaliation
for the Army's complicity in drone strikes. The group is allied
A soldier was killed when a shell
fired by the militants hit a security checkpost in the Nala area
of Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. The killed soldier was identified
as Sepoy Rehmat Hussain. Following the attack, SFs shelled the
suspected positions of militants in various areas of Bara.
One person was killed and eight
others were injured when a blast struck a passenger coach in Khwar
Killay area near Sadda town in Kurram Agency of FATA. A passenger
coach, carrying around two dozen passengers, was travelling from
Peshawar to Parachinar when it was struck by a remotely detonated
Three khasadar personnel, captured
by militants during a clash in Kohikhel area of Shalobar in Bara
tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA, were beheaded. At least seven
khasadar personnel were injured during clashes. The fighting erupted
in the evening after militants attacked three security posts in
Kohikhel. The attackers reportedly forced security personnel to
retreat from two posts and captured arms and ammunition.
Seven soldiers and four militants
were killed in fighting between banned LI and SFs in Bara tehsil
in Khyber Agency of FATA. The sources said that dozens of militants
of LI attacked the newly-established three security posts manned
by personnel of FC, Pakistan Army and Khasadar Force in Arjaleen
Adey, Machine Dhand and Mashomanu Adeera in Shalobar area of Bara.
Following the attack, the SFs shelled the suspected positions
of militants in different areas of Bara from nearby bases. Two
helicopters shelled the suspected hideouts of militants in Shalobar
and Nala area but no casualties were reported. The sources said
that dozens of suspected persons were also arrested by SFs in
Sepah and Shalobar area of Bara.
13 bullet-riddled bodies of local
people belonging to three families were also found in Alamgudar
and Dogra areas of Bara populated by Sepah Afridi tribe. No group
or individual claimed responsibility for the killings.
197 Pakistani militants surrendered
to the Army in the year 2012 in Bajaur Agency. Political Agent
Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah commented, "During the past five years,
more than 6,000 militants have surrendered to the government".
He further added that ex-militants who surrendered have denounced
terrorism and joined mainstream society. Peace committees and
the general public has been instrumental in forcing militants
to lay down arms, he further said.
LI militants attacked the house
of a FC trooper Shabir in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA
and killed his father Abdul Jalil and four brothers. An FC official
said that Shabir was not at home at the time of the attack.
At least five persons, including
two women and two children, were killed and nine others were injured
when helicopter gunships shelled targets in Mir Ali tehsil of
North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Sources said the helicopter gunships
attacked targets in Hassamkhel, Haiderkhel, Inzar, Aipee and Khushal
Toorikhel villages in Mir Ali. Several houses were destroyed in
the shelling. According to the sources, the shelling was in retaliation
to a remote-controlled bomb attack on security personnel.
At least five volunteers of Aman
Lashkar sustained injuries when a bomb exploded in the Shalobar
area of Khyber Agency in FATA. An IED was planted on a roadside
which exploded. However, no loss of life was reported.
Two security personnel were killed
and 11 others injured when a landmine exploded during a search
operation in Kanra village under Pandyali tehsil of Mohmand Agency
in FATA. SFs with the help of Khasadars and volunteers of a peace
Lashkar were conducting the search operation in Kanra village,
when the landmine planted by militants went off. Lance Naik Abdul
Mehmood and Ziaullah were killed and five security personnel,
four Khasadars and two volunteers were injured.
One Frontier Constabulary personnel
was killed and another received injuries when militants fired
at their vehicle in Zakhakhel Bazaar area in Bara tehsil in Khyber
Agency. Officials said that a group of security men was attacked
by militants when they were fetching water from a natural spring
in the area.
Unidentified militants blew up
a Government school in Merikhel village of Akkakhel in Bara. The
explosion caused damage to a major portion of the school structure,
one of the oldest Government buildings in the area.
Four personnel of the FC were
seriously injured when unidentified militants attacked a convoy
of the Security Forces on the Thall-Mir Ali Road in North Waziristan
Agency of FATA. Sources said a convoy of the Thall Scouts, a wing
of the FC, was on its way to Spinwam in Mir Ali subdivision from
Thall subdivision in the Hangu District (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) when
it was targeted through an IED.
Seven militants were killed and
four others were injured in a blast in Jandary Killay in Orakzai
Agency of FATA. The sources said that the militants had been using
the abandoned house as hideout in Jandary Killay area. Unidentified
persons, the sources added, had placed explosive device at the
house, which went off at 10 am, leaving seven militants dead and
four others injured. The sources said that the house comprising
four rooms was destroyed in the blast.
Militants dumped the mutilated
body of a purported Afghan spy accused of collaborating on US
drone strikes that killed Mullah Nazir on January 2. The body
of the man, identified as Asmatullah Kharoti, was found in Wana,
the main town of the South Waziristan Agency, which borders Afghanistan.
Local officials said he had been shot dead and there were wounds
on his neck. Two notes on the body ordered the remains to be left
on the roadside until 10am "so that everyone could see the fate
of spies", and the second accusing him of being a spy and being
responsible for US drone attacks. "He is a spy and was giving
information to US and ISAF forces in Afghanistan about our activities,"
a local official quoted the note as saying. "He is responsible
for the killing of five of our senior members, including Mullah
Nazir, in drone attacks."
Jet fighters bombarded suspected
positions of the TTP in the Kukikhel area of Tirah valley in the
night, killing nine people, including six militants.
At least 31 persons were killed
when Tariq Afridi faction of TTP militants attacked AI, a pro-Government
militants group, in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA. About
300 Tariq Afridi faction of TTP militants, armed with mortars
and RPGs, launched the overnight assault in the Maiden area of
Tirah Valley, a maze of valleys on a route from Afghanistan to
Peshawar. The AI cadres retaliated, killing 15 TTP militants and
capturing eight others, while three villagers, including an elderly
woman, were killed in crossfire. TTP militants also killed 13
The death toll in the ongoing
fighting between Tariq Afridi faction of the TTP) and pro-Government
militant group AI in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency in FATA climbed
to 71. The violence began in Tirah valley three days ago after
cadres of the Tariq Afridi faction, who operate in Khyber Agency,
captured a building belonging to AI. "The Ansar-ul-Islam group
re-took their centre after intense fighting. A senior security
official confirmed the approximate death toll and said fighting
was ongoing. The area is cut off to journalists and aid workers
so it was not possible to confirm the death toll independently.
As reported earlier, least 31 persons were killed when TTP militants
attacked AI militants on January 26.
A roadside bomb, apparently planted
to target a convoy of the Security Forces on Kohat-Hangu road
in Utman Khel area in Orakzai Agency, went off. However, the explosion
caused no damage or casualty.
With 10 more deaths, the death
toll in the fighting between Tariq Afridi faction of the TTP and
pro-Government militant group AI in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency
in FATA climbed to 81. As reported earlier, 71 persons had died
till January 27 in the clashes that erupted on January 25. Due
to the volatile situation, thousands of families have been displaced.
13 suspected militants were killed
and 16 others were injured when Army warplanes targeted TTP hideouts
in Arghanjoo and Mir Qalamkhel area in Mamozai tehsil of Orakzai
Agency. Six militant camps and an explosive-laden vehicle were
reportedly destroyed in the bombardment. The military offensive
during the past few months has cleared Orakzai Agency of up to
90% of its militant presence, security officials said.
At least 24 militants were killed
when Army warplanes bombed militant positions in Tirah valley
of Khyber Agency in FATA. Officials said the planes attacked targets
in Dwa Thoe, Bara Gatt, Wocha Wona and Nakai areas where TTP and
LI have their bases or hideouts. Sources said that stores of food
and arms were destroyed. A statement issued by Security Forces
said militant hideouts were busted during the 24-hour target operation
and 24 terrorists, some of them belonging to the TTP and LI, were
Six members of a family were killed
when a mortar fell on the house of one Ghani Gul in Sponrhai area
of Kukikhel in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency in FATA. Meanwhile,
SFs said that curfew would be imposed in the entire Bara subdivision
of Khyber Agency from January 31 morning. They made announcements
through loudspeakers in most parts of Bara, advising local people
to remain inside their houses till next order. The SFs didn't
cite any reason for imposition of the indefinite curfew in the
Three soldiers were injured when
unidentified militants attacked a military convoy with an IED
on Bannu-Miranshah road in Miranshah town NWA. The IED planted
on the main road went off when the military convoy was passing
through the area. A military vehicle was damaged and three soldiers
sustained injuries in the blast.
10 mortar shells fired from across
the border in Afghanistan landed in Loli Faqeeran village of Ghulam
Khan Area in NWA.
Twelve militants, including two
peace committee members, were killed and six militants were injured
in clashes in various parts of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency in
FATA. The AI claimed it had gained control of 16 TTP centres at
Mamozai near Tirah.
Eight volunteers of a peace committee
were killed when a mortar shell went off accidentally in a bunker
used by volunteers of the Kamarkhel peace committee at Takhtakai
when ammunitions were being shifted to another base. Kamarkhel
is a neutral tribe and doesn't want to indulge in fighting but
recently it has taken up arms to keep Takhtakai from the influence
of any militant group. LI has been carrying out sporadic attacks
on the Kamarkhel tribesmen to take control of the important location
to which the Kamarkhel volunteers are offering resistance. AI
wants to push back fighters of LI from Takhtakai area because
it is close to Bagh Maidan, the headquarters of AI.
In a clash with Kamarkhel volunteers
in the area LI 'commander' Mehar Gul was killed and four of his
associates were injured as fierce fighting continued in Takhtakai.
A bomb blast killed two polio
vaccination workers in Mali Khel village in Kurram Agency. There
has been no claim of responsibility for the killings. "The two-men
team was visiting Mali Khel village in upper Kurram tribal region
when an improvised explosive device planted along the roadside
went off, killing them on the spot," Jawad Ali, in- charge of
the campaign in Kurram Agency said.
Eleven members of the Kamarkhel
Peace Committee were killed as clashes with LI militants intensified
in the Lakai Sar, Madai and Tor Lagad areas of Takhtakai in Tirah
Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA. The day-long clashes left 11
peace committee members dead and several others injured. However,
the peace committee members were able to keep the LI men at bay.
The LI men torched a number of houses they had captured in parts
of the Takhtakai areas and made bunkers in others.
Six militants were killed when
a mortar shell fired by NATO and Afghan troops from across the
border hit a bunker in Zeba Ghar area near Angoor Adda, some 60km
from Wana, in South Waziristan Agency. Sources said 30 shells
had been fired from Macha Dad camp across the border in Afghanistan.
One shell hit the bunker, killing six militants and injuring three
others. They belonged to Maulvi Nazir fraction of TTP.
The bullet-riddled body of a militant
was found in Jandola area of FR Tank. He was identified as Hikmat
Bittani, a member of the group headed by 'Commander' Turkistan.
SFs arrested a would-be bomber
along with his handler and recovered explosive material during
a check-up at Yakaghund Checkpost in Mohmand Agency. The sources
said acting on a tip-off, the personnel of the Mohmand Rifles
stopped a passenger coach on Yakaghund Checkpost. On thorough
search, the law-enforcement agencies arrested a would-be suicide
and his handler.
Security officials arrested a
terrorism suspect and recovered a cache amount of arms and ammunition
during a raid in Shani Khel area under Halemzai tehsil in Mohmand
Agency of FATA. During a press conference, Commandant Mohmand
Rifles, Colonel Mushtaq Ahmad said a joint operation was conducted
by Levies, Khasadars and Mohmand Rifles in Shani Khel. The raid
was conducted at the house of Ijaz the alleged mastermind of suicide
attack in Yakaghund on January 31. Security officials then arrested
Dr Ibrahim, on the information provided by Ijaz on February 3.
As the authorities contemplate
officially declaring the troubled Tirah Valley area of Khyber
Agency "war-hit zone", more than 2,500 families have been forced
to evacuate amid deadly clashes between militant outfits. Outfits
including the TTP, AI, LI and the pro-Government peace militia
of Qambarkhel have been fighting a bloody turf war in Khyber Agency
for 12 days.
Despite repeated attempts, no
official of the FATA Disaster Management Authority responded to
calls for their comments on the crisis. An official of the PDMA
said, however, that after the political agent declares an area
war-affected, the Fata authority will send the provincial authority
a letter to distribute food and provide other facilities.
Pakistan's ambassador to the United
States Sherry Rehman, referring to continued drone strikes in
FATA, urged the Barrack Obama administration not to cross "red
line". Rehman said that drones strikes were "a clear violation
of our sovereignty and a violation of international law" that
threatened stable relations between the two Governments.
At least 10 militants were killed
and several others were injured when jet fighters pounded their
hideouts in the TTP stronghold of Mamozai town in Orakzai Agency
of FATA. Sources said that the jets targeted militant positions
in Arghanjoo and Lando Qamar areas and destroyed four hideouts.
Five persons were killed after
six missiles hit a house in Tehsil Spain Warm of North Waziristan
SFs killed 12 militants in an
air raid on militant hideouts in the Mamozai are of Orakzai Agency
in FATA. According to sources, five hideouts were destroyed in
the attack. Earlier on February 6, 10 suspected militants were
killed in a similar raid. It was the fifth such attack on militants
this year. According to SFs, the previous four air raids killed
around 38 militants, while 11 hideouts were destroyed. However,
the exact figures are difficult to verify.
A bomb blast killed 16 persons
and injured 27 others in Kalaya, the capital of the Orakzai Agency
in FATA. A journalist and one paramilitary personnel were among
the dead, said Assistant Political Agent Fazal-i-Qadir. The bomb
targeted people from the pro-government Feroz Khel tribe, who
have shops in the market, he said. The bomb was planted near the
DVD and mobile shop surrounded by small kiosks selling tea and
other edibles, he added further.
Following the attack, nine militants
were killed after jets bombed militants' hideout in Upper tehsil.
Seven militants were killed and
six others injured when the US drones fired six missiles and pounded
two separate mud-built houses in Babar area of Ladha subdivision
in South Waziristan Agency.
At least five AI militants were
killed and four others were injured in clashes with TTP in Tirah
valley of Khyber Agency in FATA.
Eight militants were killed and
15 others received injuries as the militants of TTP and AI clashed
in Bhuttan area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. The
renewed clashes, which started on February 11, continued on February
12 without any letup. Sources said that TTP launched a fresh offensive
against AI in Bhuttan area and inflicted losses on it. AI claimed
that it had strengthened its hold over two important bunkers in
Dwa Stanai area and recaptured Rocket Sangar. Both sides used
heavy weapons against each other.
The on-going infighting between
the TTP and AI killed 19 more militants from both sides in Drey
Stani area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Of those
19, 13 were TTP militants and six were affiliated with AI.
A volunteer of a peace committee
was killed and more than a dozen houses were set ablaze by militants
in Sheen Qamar area of Bara tehsil.
In Barkai area of Storikhel, militants
torched the residential compound of a local elder, Malik Almas
The political agent of North Waziristan
Agency of FATA submitted complete report of casualties caused
by the drone attacks from 2008 to 2012 to the PHC through Deputy
Attorney General M Iqbal Mohmand that claimed that around 894
persons, including 48 foreigners, 35 women and 24 children, were
killed in the US drone attacks in during the last five years.
According to the report, the US drones conducted 147 attacks on
various locations in North Waziristan from 2008 to 2012.
An explosion in the village of
Hassanzo in Orakzai Agency of FATA killed seven people and wounded
13. In a second attack in the same place, a van carrying civilians
was hit by a blast which killed two people and wounded 10.
Eight militants were killed and
two hideouts were destroyed in Army air strikes in the Mamozai
area of Orakzai Agency in FATA. SFs have been carrying out these
air strikes in recent months against TTP militants - killing 250
militants so far, media reported.
10 militants were killed when
the jetfighters pounded their hideouts in Jandary Killay, Mir
Qalamkhel and others adjoining localities in the TTP-controlled
Mamozai tehsil (revenue unit) area in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
"Ten militants were killed and four of their hideouts were destroyed
in the shelling," an official claimed.
Four soldiers were injured in
a bomb explosion in Razmak Town of North Waziristan Agency.
Unidentified militants attacked
a convoy of vehicles carrying military equipment bound for NATO
operations in Afghanistan, killing two persons, in Landi Kotal
town in the Khyber Agency of FATA.
A vehicle carrying NATO supplies
to Afghanistan was partially damaged when a bomb planted at a
roadside went off at Teddy Bazaar in Jamrud tehsil (revenue unit)
of Khyber Agency in FATA.
Another bomb planted nearby was
successfully defused by the BDS. Following the incident, Khasadar
personnel reached the site and launched a search operation during
which they found another bomb weighing eight kilogrammes.
Nine militants were killed and
several others injured in shelling and bombing by military jets
in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA. Security sources said
that three suspected militant hideouts were bombarded. A huge
cache of arms and ammunition was also destroyed in the operation.
At least eight terrorists were
killed in air strikes in Upper tehsil of Orakzai Agency.
One civilian was killed when hit
by a mortar shell in Takhtakai area of Tirah valley in Khyber
Agency of FATA.
SFs arrested over 200 suspected
persons during a search operation in various areas of Bara tehsil
in Khyber Agency. The sources said that the SFs carried out search
operation in Gudmalang, Droadda and Baazgarah areas and arrested
more than 200 suspected persons and shifted them to nearby Fort
Salop FC base for investigation.
The vehicular traffic was disrupted
in Haleemzai tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA when an improvised
explosive device went off on Barokehl-Sultankhel Road.
Fifteen militants and two security
personnel were killed in shelling by warplanes on the TTP positions
and an encounter between the LI and SFs in Tirah Valley and Bara
tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA.
Sources said the jet fighters
bombarded the positions of TTP in Sorkas, Sra Vella and Dwatoy
in Kukikhel area in Tirah. At least, 10 militants were killed
and eight injured in the air strikes. A vehicle and five sanctuaries
of the militants were also destroyed in the aerial attack.
SFs encountered with the LI militants
in Nala area during a search operation in various areas of Bara
subdivision including Mandikas, Bachi Nehar and Yousaf Talab As
a result of crossfire, five militants and two security personnel
were killed while 10 soldiers and six militants were injured.
At least seven TTP terrorists
were killed when SFs pounded Kukikhel area of Tirah Valley in
Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA. Security sources said that
the aircraft targeted Kukikhel area and destroyed TTP hideouts.
One FC trooper was killed and
six others were injured in a blast at Fort Slope Camp in Khajoori
area in Bara tehsil.
In the same Agency, Khasadar Force
defused an explosive device planted along the roadside In Jamrud
Unidentified assailants shot dead
two brothers on Ghundi Road in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency
A journalist Malik Mumtaz Khan
was shot dead in Miranshah town of North Waziristan Agency.
At least eight militants were
killed and 12 suffered injuries as jet fighters pounded militant
hideouts in Jendri and Shah Wali villages of Mamozai tehsil in
Orakzai Agency of FATA. Sources said jets targeted militant positions
in Jendri and Shah Wali villages of Mamozai tehsil at 4:50pm.
Unidentified militants blew up
two primary and two middle schools in the Kandharoo area of Safi
tehsil in Mohmand Agency. The buildings were empty during the
Ten militants were killed in an
operation by SFs at Lando Qamar, Arghanjoo and Adamkhel areas
of the Orakzai Agency in FATA. Two hideouts of the militants were
Seven militants, a 'commander'
among them, were killed when PAF jets targeted their hideouts
in Sandana and Speen Dhand areas of Sipah area in Tirah valley
of Khyber Agency. Independent and official sources said the seven
militants belonged to the LI.
SFs had pounded LI positions with
heavy artillery in Ghaibi Neeka area of Bara tehsil, injuring
a man and a minor girl. The artillery shelling being carried out
since March 1 damaged a number of houses and a mosque. Sources
said that SFs had positioned tanks and artillery in Mushtari camp
and Dari-Lowarrh Kali from where they were pounding LI hideouts
and bunkers in Sipah area.
In Shalobar area of Bara, a lieutenant
of Mehsud Scouts was injured when unidentified assailants opened
fire at him. Security officials said the incident took place during
a search operation.
There was no loss of life in a
roadside blast in the Mamond tehsil of the Bajaur Agency.
Activists of JUI-S along with
tribal leaders held a protest outside the Peshawar Press Club
against increasing drone strikes in Waziristan of FATA. JUI-S
leader and former legislator, Ikramullah Shahid said that nine
drone attacks occurred during Pervez Musharraf's regime from 2002
to 2008, whereas 230 drone strikes have been carried out in Waziristan
during the current Government's tenure, killing more than 3,500
A bomb blast injured a polio lady
health worker, identified as Sameea Zaib in the Jamrud Civil Hospital
of Jamrud District in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Nine militants were killed in
a clash with SFs in Mondan area of Mamozai in upper Orakzai Agency
Five soldiers were injured in
an IED explosion in Frontier Region (FR) Bannu.
Separately, one person was injured
in a blast in the Jamrud tehsil (revenue unit) of the Khyber
Unidentified assailants tortured
a polio worker in Landikotal town and warned him and others involved
in the anti-polio campaign to quit the campaign or be ready to
At least 12 militants were killed
and several others were injured during an operation by the SFs
in different areas of Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Four militants were killed and
six others were injured in renewed clashes between TTP and AI
in Theerak Sangar and Zeerhak Kandaw areas of Tirah valley in
At least 20 militants and a volunteer
of peace Lashkar TI were killed in a joint operation carried out
by SFs and Zakhakhel tribal Lashkar against the banned LI in various
areas of the Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Three hideouts
of militants were also destroyed in the military offensive.
Five militants of TTP and three
from AI were killed in clashes in Khwajalee Tambu area of Tirah
Three persons were shot dead and
another was injured by unidentified assailants in Garigal village
of Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency.
A US drone strike killed two suspected
militants in Degan village of Dattakhel tehsil of North Waziristan
Agency of FATA.
A ten-year-old boy was killed
and another was injured in a blast at the Asrafkhel link road
in Landikotal town of Khyber Agency. During the site inspection,
another bomb that was planted near the blast site was recovered
and was disposed off by the BDS, sources said. A massive search
operation was launched in the area and twenty suspected tribesmen
were arrested and sent to the cantonment for interrogation, according
Two persons were injured when
a pickup truck was targeted with an explosive device planted by
unidentified militants on roadside near Parao Chinar in lower
Three soldiers, including an officer,
were killed in a roadside blast in Dogar area of Kurram Agency
Several tribal families have crossed
over into Afghanistan owing to excessive artillery shelling by
the SFs and aerial bombing in parts of Tirah valley of Khyber
Agency in FATA. Source said that the people, who were migrating
to Afghanistan from Tirah, belonged to Sipah, Malikdinkhel, Akkakhel,
Qambarkhel and Kukikhel areas of Khyber Agency.
16 militants were killed and 12
others were injured in fresh clashes between TTP and AI in Maidan
area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency of FATA, tribal sources
Twenty militants were killed and
another 20 injured as fighting between the TTP and AI outfit continued
in the Qambarkhel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA.
At least five security personnel
were severely injured in a remote-controlled blast in the Miranshah
area of North Waziristan in FATA.
Ten militants were killed and
six others injured when jetfighters pounded their hideouts in
Chappar area of Mamozai tehsil in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Unidentified militants bombed
two Government primary schools in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency.
Forty six militants, including
an Uzbek 'commander', were killed in twin suicide attacks on the
TTP in the headquarters of the AI in Bagh area of Tirah Valley
in Khyber Agency of FATA.
TTP and LI occupied the Maidan
area, the stronghold of pro-Government AI, in Tirah Valley.
Talking to reporters from an undisclosed
location, the deputy head of AI, Ezatullah, said that his organisation
was intact and would fight from Zakhakhel and Orakzai Agency to
defeat the invaders in Maidan.
One security personnel suffered
injuries when militants attacked a check post in Sadiqabad area
in Bajaur Agency.
SFs arrested at least 11 suspects
and recovered explosives and other items used in bomb making during
a search operation in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency of FATA. SFs
recovered at least 100 kilograms of explosives and other item
used in bomb making.
Four militants were killed when
US drone fired two missiles on a house in Dattakhel tehsil of
North Waziristan Agency in FATA.
An armed clash left a militant
killed and a security man injured in Dro Adda area of Akkakhel
in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA. Officials said that SFs
clashed with a group of militants when the latter attacked a security
check post in Dro Adda area. In the firing exchange, a militant
was killed and a soldier received injuries.
Unidentified militants blew up
a Government school in Meeri Khel area of Akkakhel. Official sources
said that militants blew up the girl's school in Misri chowk by
planting a huge quantity of explosives inside the building.
Unidentified persons opened fire
on a NATO container at Wazir Dhand locality of Jamrud tehsil.
Local officials said that a cleaner of the vehicle received minor
injuries in the attack.
Prospective candidates of political
parties in Hangu District have so far restricted their election
meetings to hujras, while some of them have been demanding that
elections should be held under the supervision of Army in this
volatile District due to threat of TTP attacks.
A suicide bomber rammed a water
tanker bomb at a military check post, killing 17 SFs, one civilian
and injured 25 others near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan
Agency, in FATA.
SFs arrested 13 suspects and recovered
huge cache of arms and ammunition during a search operation in
Mohmand area of Mohmand Agency.
The TTP has set up a special death
squad to target former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf
upon his arrival, who is expected to land in Karachi on March
24, says a militant video released on March 23. The TTP has also
called upon the Baloch insurgents to join hands with the militant
outfit to wage a joint-war for implementing Shariah laws in the
Two security personnel were killed
in a remote-controlled blast in Damadola area of Mamond tehsil
in Bajaur Agency of FATA.
More than fifty thousand families
have migrated from the Tirah Valley. The Tirah Valley has now
become an abode of TTP and LI after they have jointly pushed out
the armed fighters affiliated with AI, which is led by Mehboobul
The candidates for a National
Assembly seat in Bara have demanded of the authorities to postpone
the upcoming general elections in NA-46 constituency owing to
threats from a militant outfit and inability of political administration
to devise a foolproof security plan for electioneering.
The Jalozai refugee camp administration
has chalked out a new security plan with the help of the DPO for
the safety of internally displaced persons (IDPs). The plan includes
setting up three security barriers and deploying more police personnel.
The UNHCR postponed the registration of IDPs from Tirah Valley
at the camp on March 22 following a deadly blast that killed at
least 17 people, including a female social worker, and injured
The Supreme Court has sought complete
report from the FATA secretary regarding the losses of human lives
due to terrorist attacks in FATA and PATA since April 12, 2008
Security Forces killed four Afghan-based
militants as the troops repulsed a cross border attack on a security
check-point in Nawagal tehsil.
Unidentified militants blew up
a filling station in Sadda Bazaar of Kurram Agency in FATA. The
sources said unidentified militants placed a bag near the manager's
room at the filling station owned by Gul Manan in Sadda Bazaar.
The political administration in
Landi Kotal of Khyber Agency has imposed a ban on display of arms
and use of indecent language during the election campaign. The
decision was taken during a meeting in Landi Kotal that was attended
by all the candidates contesting elections from NA-45 constituency
of Khyber Agency and Assistant Political Agent Dr Azmat Wazir.
A remote-controlled bomb killing
two security personnel patrolling Damadola village of Bajaur Agency,
near the border with Afghanistan.
The political administration along
with the jirga members destroyed the houses of four militants
in the Halemzai tehsil of the Mohmand Agency.
Twelve militants were killed during
operation by the SFs in Mamoonzai area of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Three militants' hideouts have also been destroyed in the shelling.
Four soldiers were injuried in
a roadside blast in Sheedano Dhand area of lower Kurram Agency.
A man sustained injuries when
a hand grenade went off in Amandarra area in Malakand Agency of
Around 43,000 people have been
forced to leave their homes in Maidan area of Tirah valley of
Khyber Agency of FATA over the past two weeks because of escalation
of hostilities between militant groups in the tribal region, the
UN Office for OCHA said. According to figures released by the
FDMA, around 10 per cent of the IDPs have taken refuge in Kurram
Agency and the rest in Hangu, Kohat, Nowshera and Peshawar Districts
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Some of the political parties,
like the ANP and PPP-P, are finding it hard to hold big gatherings
for electioneering in FATA due to serious threats. These parties
are even unable to held corner meetings due to strong hold of
non-state actors in FATA.
Eight militants were killed when
Army fighter jets bombed suspected militant positions in the Kotkhel
area of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Three militants were killed and
some of their hideouts destroyed when fighter jets bombed their
positions in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency. Sources said air sorties
were conducted at the Ghaibi Neeka area of Sipah and the Nakai
area of Malikdinkhel which targeted hideouts of the TTP and LI.
Two LI cadres and one TTP cadre were killed in the bombing.
Four militants were killed and
five others sustained injuries when militants across the border
attacked Bhittai checkpost in Shabak area of Alizai sector in
Kurram Agency. Two soldiers were also injured in the attack.
The Governor Shaukatullah Khan
said the Government had not contacted militants for holding peaceful
elections in FATA. Speaking at a grand jirga (tribal council)
during a visit to the Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Agency, he said
the Government would utilize all resources to conduct free and
fair elections in the tribal region. "There have been no talks
with the TTP for elections in the tribal areas," Shaukatullah
said. However, he said the Government would welcome any steps
taken by tribal jirga for restoration of peace in the FATA.
At least 14 militants, four soldiers
and three pro-government volunteers were killed in clashes ensued
after the Security Forces launched search operation against the
LI in Akkakhel area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Similarly, backed by the TI, a group of pro-government local militia,
the SFs moved from Sheenkamer and Sorghar area, populated by Zakhakhel
Afridi tribe, into Akkakhel area where they exchanged heavy fire
with the fighters of LI.
The Mullah Nazir faction of TTP
assured aspiring candidates that the insurgents would not interfere
with the election process in the South Waziristan Agency of FATA.
The assurance was made by Mullah Nazir Group 'chief' Salahuddin
Ayubi, locally known as Bahawal Khan, in a meeting with over 50
candidates contesting NA-41 (Tribal Area-VI, South Waziristan)
or their representatives in Wana, the main town in South Waziristan
Though he assured the candidates
that his group would not interfere in the voting process, he attached
some stringent conditions for trouble-free balloting in the constituency.
Firstly, the candidates will have to stage public rallies in an
open place outside Rustam Bazaar, the main market in the area,
due to security concerns. Secondly, candidates with no popular
vote bank should better not contest the elections. Thirdly, the
candidates have to avoid indecent criticism of their rivals in
their speeches. Fourthly, the candidates of three parties - PPP,
MQM and ANP - were told about the security threats they might
face in the region.
Ten militants were killed and
five soldiers injured during the clashes between SFs and LI militant
in remote areas of Akkakhel in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency in
Seven militants were killed when
SFs targeted their hideouts with gunship helicopters in Gowak
and Mithari areas of Orakzai Agency.
Two tribesmen were killed when
their motorcycle struck against a landmine planted along a road
in Mir Ali subdivision of North Waziristan Agency.
The business centres remained
closed and traffic was off the roads owing to imposition of curfew
in North Waziristan Agency. The local people said that the curfew
was imposed after an attack on Esha checkpost.
Elsewhere, the SFs repulsed an
attack by militants at Nargas checkpost in the outskirts of Bara
town. Officials said that militants used rocket launchers, but
no one was hurt in the attack.
Thirteen soldiers and an unspecified
number of militants were killed during heavy fighting between
troops and militants at a flashpoint near the Afghan border in
Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA. The clashes signalled a
fresh military push in the Tirah valley, where the military has
been targeting TTP and LI.
Security sources said that at
least 30 soldiers and nearly 100 militants have been killed in
fierce fighting over the past four days following a ground offensive
launched by the Army. The officials claimed that the Army has
successfully seized control of a large portion of the valley from
the TTP and their ally, LI. The claims could not be independently
Security Forces claimed to have
killed eight militants and five others were injured in shelling
through gunship helicopters in Gorak area of Orakzai Agency.
The military authorities said
that they had launched a major military operation against the
militants in the remote Tirah Valley of the Khyber Agency in FATA
in which 110 militants and 23 soldiers had been killed.
A ten-year-old boy was critically
injured when he picked up a toy bomb in Alamgudar area of Bara
House of a local resident in Shalobar
area was badly damaged when a stray mortar fell on the house.
Sources said the mortar fired by unidentified men landed at the
house of Haji Mohammad Salim, general secretary of Khyber Union,
a local political organisation.
Mangal Bagh, the 'chief' of LI
has become supreme leader of both the LI and TTP for the Khyber
Agency. "The decision to elevate Mangal Bagh to the status of
supreme commander for Khyber Agency was taken at a joint Shura
(council) of TTP and LI 'commanders'," highly placed Government
Nine militants were killed and
two security personnel injured in a gunbattle in Kago Qamar village
of Dabori area in Orakzai Agency in FATA. Sources said a group
of militants launched a two-pronged attack on a security post
in Kago Qamar village.
19 persons, including nine soldiers,
seven militants and two volunteers of TI, a pro-Government armed
group, were killed during heavy fighting between troops and militants
at a flashpoint near the Afghan border in Tirah Valley of Khyber
Agency in FATA. Sources said that SFs and volunteers of TI, moved
forward into Sipah area and took control of LI strongholds of
Sandana and Sheikhmal Khel after heavy fighting which left nine
soldiers and seven militants dead. Twelve militants were injured.
A person, identified as Haris
Khan was killed in a landmine blast in Manatu area of central
The house of a local candidate
of the ANP, Munaf Afridi, was attacked in a remote area of Khyber
Agency that borders Afghanistan, in FATA. However, there was no
SFs have killed seven militants
in the ongoing military operation in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency
in the FATA. Two important hideouts of militants have been busted
and areas of Kata Kanrai and Sniper Morcha in Sipah area have
also been captured.
Four militants were killed by
a US drone strike in the Manzarkhel area of Dattakhel town, 35
kilometers west of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan
Agency in FATA.
The driver of a NATO container
was killed and his assistant received injuries in an attack near
Teddi Bazaar in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency.
Nine militants and a soldier were
killed in a clash between the SFs and militants in Dabori area
of Orakzai Agency in the FATA.
A member of the TI, also known
as Zakhakhel tribal Lashkar (militia), was killed in a bomb explosion
inside a bunker in Dari area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency.
A mortar shell fired from unknown
location fell on a cloth making factory in Alamgudar area of the
Eleven militants and a soldier
were killed in clashes at Kago Kamar locality of Dabori area in
Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Nine soldiers were killed and
eight others injured in a suicide attack on a military vehicle
and nearby roadside checkpoint in the Saidgai area of North Waziristan
Six militants were killed and
five others received injuries during a clash with SFs when dozens
of militants attacked the Shan Khel Kore checkpost near Mohammad
Ali Chowk in Akkakhel of Khyber Agency.
A minor girl was injured when
a mortar shell fell on a house in Sanzal Khel area of Akkakhel.
Thousands of persons fled the
Akkakhel area and shifted to different localities of Peshawar
after receiving threats from banned militant group LI of Khyber
Nine militants, including five
foreigners, were killed in a US drone attack in Bobar Samal area
of South Waziristan Agency of FATA.
One person was killed and 20 others
were injured when the Pakistani army and Afghan Taliban militants
exchanged fire near the Afghanistan border in Miranshah District.
Four persons were killed when
gunship helicopters pounded residential areas and suspected militant
positions in Mir Ali sub-division of North Waziristan Agency in
FATA. The sources said that four people were killed in the shelling
and eight others injured.
Five militants were killed in
retaliatory action by Security Forces (SFs) when militants try
to ambush security personnel in the Dabori area of Orakzai Agency
in FATA. Three security personnel were injured in the attack.
Four persons were killed and eight
others injured in a rocket attack on an election rally in Wana
town of South Waziristan Agency. Unidentified militants fired
four rockets at a rally for independent National Assembly (NA)
candidate Malik Naseerullah Khan, who is running to represent
NA-41, South Waziristan. Naseerullah narrowly escaped without
any injury. The TTP threatened anybody who holds or attends election
rallies in and around Wana Bazaar, and two days ago the militants
"fined" Naseerullah for defying them.
A female suicide bomber blew herself
up outside a hospital in a lawless tribal area of northwest Pakistan
and killed at least four people and wounded four others, officials
said. The attack took place in Khar, the main town of Bajaur in
FATA bordering Afghanistan.
A roadside bomb targeting a military
convoy killed four Army soldiers and injured four more in Mir
Ali town of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.
The TTP execute an Afghan in the
Kari Kot village, about 10 kilometers south west of Rustam Bazaar,
in Wana town of South Waziristan Agency in FATA. Mai-u-din, belonging
to the Zedran tribe of Afghanistan, was brought handcuffed into
an open place near the small bazaar of Kari Kot. The militants
then shot him dead in front of the public. Mai-u-Din was 'arrested'
by the local TTP about a week back.
Abu Ubaidah Abdullah Al Adam,
the 'intelligence and internal security chief' of the terrorist
group, has was on April 17 in a drone attack in Datta Khel area
of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. Even though al Qaeda has not
yet issued an official 'martyrdom' statement about the death of
Abu Ubaidah Al Adam, there are credible reports in the Western
media to suggest that he was killed in an April 17 US drone attack.
Two of his close aides - Al Wathiq Billah and Sanafi Al Nasr -
have tweeted that Abu Ubaida has been killed in an American drone
strike in Pakistan.
A Palestinian national, who was
in fact raised in Saudi Arabia, Al Adam had replaced Mohammad
Khalil Hasan Al Hakaymah alias Abu Jehad Al Misri, the former
'intelligence chief' of the terrorist group, who was killed in
a US drone strike on November 1, 2008, in NWA.
A tribesman died and three others
were injured when a roadside landmine exploded near the Sports
Complex in Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram Agency, in FATA.
According to the political administration, the blast took place
when a tractor-trolley hit a landmine.
The dead bodies of three missing
SF personnel were found in Adamkot area of North Waziristan Agency
in FATA. Suspected militants had abducted the three troopers from
a checkpost in Wacha Bibi area of Dattakhel tehsil in North Waziristan
in the night of April 26 and shifted them to an undisclosed location.
A driver was killed when unidentified
assailants opened fire on a NATO container in Jamrud tehsil of
Khyber Agency. Security officials said that the assailants opened
fire on the container coming from Afghanistan, killing the driver.
At least eight militants were
killed as jet fighters pounded their hideouts in Dabori area of
Orakzai Agency in FATA. Police said the bombing resulted in the
destruction of four militant hideouts and the killing of eight
Two security officials were injured
as a result of cross-border firing from Afghanistan at a security
checkpost in Mohmand Agency.
A candidate of the Qaumi Watan
Party, Akbar Khan, who is running for a National Assembly seat
(NA 40, North Waziristan Agency), was abducted from an area near
Mir Ali of North Waziristan Agency.
Four militants and one security
official were killed during a clash when militants tried to ambush
a security checkpost in Ladha area of South Waziristan Agency
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor
Engineer Shaukatullah approved the long-awaited compensation policy
for the terrorism-affected people of FATA. Apart from the introduction
of financial assistance criteria for the heirs of martyrs, the
policy has also determined the compensation amount to help those
whose vehicles, houses, shops, plaza, petrol pumps and CNG stations
have been destroyed and animals killed. The Police have clearly
defined the process for submission of claims and disbursement
of the compensation. It merits a mention here that the policy
is the first document of its nature in respect of FATA and to
materialise it speedily, special efforts are already underway.
According to the details, all
Government employees in FATA will get equal treatment and incentives
which are already being granted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to compensate
the real heirs of those who embrace martyrdom, a communiqué said.
Apart from this, in FATA Rs 6,000 will be paid for each sheep
and goat killed in both natural calamities and terrorism-related
incidents, while Rs 20,000 will be provided for each cow, buffalo,
horse, donkey and camel lost.
At least eight militants were
killed and three hideouts destroyed in Security Forces' action
against militants in Upper tehsil, including Qismat Sanga and
Sheen Qamar, of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
A local tribal leader Haider Khan
was shot dead after unidentified militants barged into his house
in the Sanober area of Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency.
A landmine blast was reported
in Baizrot area of Orakzai Agency, but no loss of life was reported.
The SFs destroyed two militant
hideouts and killed 16 militants after heavy overnight fighting
at a flashpoint near the Afghan border in the Tirah Valley in
the Khyber Agency of FATA in which two soldiers also died. The
fighting took place in the wake of a fresh military push in the
Tirah Valley where the military has been targeting TTP and LI
Two SFs personnel were killed
and three others, among them a captain, injured when their convoy
was hit by a bomb blast on the Razmak-Esha road at Kam Sarobi
area near Razmak town of NWA.
The main entrance to the house
and adjacent hujra of PTI for NA-40 NWA were damaged in a blast
caused by an IED in Mir Ali. Family members of the PTI candidate
Engineer Abdul Qayyum Khan said that unidentified persons had
planed an IED near the main entrance to his house and hujra at
Haiderkhel village in Mir Ali subdivision.
Twenty-three persons were killed and more than
70 others injured in a blast at the election rally of JUI-F candidates
at a Madrassa in Sewak village in Kurram Agency of FATA. Along
with the local tribesmen, two bodyguards of the JUI-F candidate
from NA-38, Munir Orakzai, and six of his close relatives were
also injured in the blast.
TTP claimed responsibility for the attack on the
JUI-F rally and said Munir Orakzai was the target. It added that
the JUI-F party activists weren't a target. TTP 'spokesman' Ehsanullah
Ehsan said they had been trying for long to locate and kill Munir
Orakzai as he had remained an active member of the coalition Government
of the PPP, MQM and ANP. TTP 'chief' Hakimullah Mehsud had mentioned
Munir Orakzai's name in a videotape released in the past by his
Afghan forces attacked a border checkpost in Mohmand
Agency, injuring four Pakistani soldiers. Security sources said
the Gursal checkpost was attacked at around 9am with rockets,
mortars and other heavy weapons. Pakistani forces retaliated and
the exchange of fire lasted over two hours. This was a second
attack from across the border in a week. Two Pakistani troops
were injured when Afghan forces attacked the Gursal and two other
checkposts four days ago.
At least nine militants were killed and their
three hideouts destroyed in an operation by SFs in Mamozai and
surrounding areas of Orakzai Agency in FATA. According to details,
SFs engaged the suspected militants in Mamozai and surrounding
areas with heavy artillery fire. In SFs' bombing three hideouts
were destroyed resulting in the death of nine militants injury
to several others. Sources said that death toll may rise further
as many militants were reported buried under the rubble of destroyed
A security official was killed and another injured
in a landmine explosion in Shahidano Dhand area of Parachinar
in Kurram Agency. Local officials said the two security personnel
were on routine patrol in the area when a landmine planted by
militants on a village track exploded, killing one of them and
injuring the other.
SFs freed 13 persons in Kalaya of Orakzai Agency
who were abducted by militants from Peshawar January 31, 2012.
The hostages included three WAPDA workers, nine labourers and
a Policeman. Sohail Ahmed, one of the freed WAPDA workers, said
he and his co-workers were working at a 132kV grid station in
the Gula Khan Bagh area of Badhaber when about 30 armed militants
abducted them and took them to the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.
The militants tortured them and forced them to work as slave labour,
An internally displaced person was killed and
six others were injured when a bomb planted at the office of NA-41's
candidate exploded in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan Agency.
An official of the political administration in Mir Ali said that
around 3:00pm a huge explosion occurred in Mir Ali Bazaar.
A boy was killed and four others injured when
an explosive device went off inside a playground in Rashkai area
of Bajaur Agency. Local residents and officials said the blast
occurred during the final of a cricket tournament.
Nine militants and three soldiers were killed
in a gunfight in Parachamkani area of Kurram Agency in FATA. According
to official sources, militants launched an attack on SFs in Mohammad
Top area early in the morning, killing three soldiers and injuring
four others. The assault was followed by a heavy exchange of fire
between the two sides in which nine militants were killed and
eight wounded, the sources added. Locals said militants had also
abducted four persons.
"More than 1,000 families have left their houses
due to disturbance in Parachamkani," said a source at the office
of the assistant political agent of central Kurram. The official
said 500 families comprising 20,000 individuals had been informally
registered with the administration and a large number of displaced
people had gone to live with their relatives.
Four persons were killed and 21 others injured
in a bomb blast occurred at the Khwaja Jan Chowk in Miranshah
bazaar of North Waziristan Agency near the election offices of
candidates for the NA-40 seat. Sources said the explosive device
placed on a motorcycle parked near the offices was detonated by
remote control at about 10am. The election offices belong to the
candidates of PML-N, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam.
Another, blast took place in Gora Qabristan on the Miranshah-Bannu
Five persons sustained injuries in a blast in
Uthmankhel bazaar in the Orakzai Agency. The sources said unidentified
persons had placed explosives in the grocery store of Zar Maluk
in Uthmankhel bazaar, which went off at 5pm.
The SFs recovered two roadside bombs in Ferozkhel
The LI asked the people to stay away from the
polling stations and threatened to impose fine amounting to PKR
50,000 on those who take part in the polling. In a leaflet circulated
in Akkakhel area of Bara tehsil, the LI also threatened "to chop
off the thumb" of those who cast their ballots. Tribal sources
said the leaflets had been pasted on the walls of shops, mosques
and houses in Sanzalkhel, Madakhel and Merikhel areas in Akkakhel.
At least 16 persons were killed in a blast that
ripped through a passenger bus in Miranshah town of North Waziristan
Agency of FATA. The nature of the blast could not be ascertained