|Three Taliban militants and two civilians killed in FATA|
The Security Forces
(SFs) killed three Taliban militants in the continuing Operation
Rah-e-Nijat (Path to Salvation) when they tried to attack SFs
at the Pungai checkpost in South Waziristan of Federally Administered
Tribal Areas (FATA) on January 5, according to Daily Times.
Separately, two volunteers
of peace committee were killed and as many sustained injuries
during a clash with militants in Baizai sub-division in Mohmand
Agency on January 4. The official sources said a group of militants
attacked the positions of volunteers of a local peace committee
with rocket launchers and mortar guns in the remote Baizai tehsil
(revenue unit) near Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The volunteers
promptly returned the fire that continued for an hour. Two volunteers,
the sources added, were killed and two others sustained injuries
in the clash.
Meanwhile, the militants
blew up six shrines in the Khwa village of Stori Khel area of
lower Orakzai Agency, reports Dawn. The militants also
blew up six other shrines of Stori Khel. The Stori Khel tribe
has been fighting the Taliban militants for over a month to keep
them away from their area.
militants blew up a boys’ school in Nawagai tehsil (revenue
unit) of Bajaur Agency, reports Daily Times. Sources said
that around 50 militants entered a school in Malkana village,
some 30 kilometres southwest of Khar, and planted explosives in
the building, which was badly damaged in the resulting blast.
However, there was no casualty. No one has claimed responsibility
for the attack.
In addition, Salarzai
Qaumi Lashkar (a local tribal militia) and political authorities
defused a remote-controlled bomb, weighed around 10 kilogrammes,
planted by a roadside in the Raghghan area of Khar. The explosives
weighed around 10 kilogrammes.
Further, SFs conducted
search and clearance operations in Luni and arrested three suspected
militants. They also cleared various compounds in Upper Kaniguram
and Tatai Langar Khel near Ladha area of South Waziristan and
recovered a large cache of arms.
Elsewhere in the
same Agency, the SFs conducted search and clearance operations
Tara Tizha near Makeen, clearing a number of militant’s compounds
and recovering ammunitions.
Also, militants fired
rockets at a checkpost near Spin Mela. The attack was retaliated
by the SFs.
|Two militants and a civilian killed in Assam|
A 65 year old person,
Debeswar Barman, was killed and his 13-year old son, Nirmal, was
wounded when a bomb was exploded by suspected militants at their
residence in Gakulkata village of Kokrajhar District along the
Assam-West Bengal border on January 5, according to Telegraph.
Separately, an unidentified
National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB)
militant was shot dead by Security Forces (SFs) at Bamundittari
village under Mukalmua Police Station in Nalbari District on January
4, reports Assam Tribune.
Further, a cadre
belonging to Ranjan Daimari faction of the NDFB was shot dead
by SFs near Belsiri tea estate under Misamari Police Station in
Sonitpur District on January 5. The SFs were reportedly assisted
by cadres belonging to pro-talks faction of the NDFB.
Meanwhile, the office
of the Jorhat basin manager of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission
received an extortion note demanding of INR five million from
the ‘finance secretary’ of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Unification
outfit recently, according to Sentinel. In the extortion
note, the outfit ‘served’ December 29, 2009 as deadline for paying
Elsewhere in the
State, two People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK)
cadres were arrested by the 11 Field Regiment of the Red Sheild
Division at Fulertal under Lakhipur Police Station on an unspecified
date. They were identified as Ch. Surajit Singh (26) and M. Pandit
Singh (21) of Tarakoon Sangbia under Moirang police station of
Bishanpur District in Manipur. Two cellular phones of Assam and
Manipur network were recovered from their possession. Both of
them were later handed over to Lakhipur Police and were subsequently
produced before the CJM Court at Silchar in Cachar District January
In addition, a NDFB
cadre, Bipul Boro, was arrested by troops of 65 Field Regiment
of the Red Horns Division of the Army when he was travelling in
a passenger bus near Namkhola in Darrang District on January 5.
He belonged to Bamunjhar village near Andherighat under Khairabari
Police Station. He was involved in various anti-national activities
sponsored by the ‘3rd battalion’ of the NDFB led by
Ranjan Daimary alias D. Nabla.
The North Cachar
Hills District Police on January 5 confirmed that National Socialist
Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K)
had carried out January 4 ambush on a Police convoy to avenge
the killing of two of its cadres near Haflong in December 2009,
according to Telegraph. A constable of the Special Task
Force (STF) of Assam Police and two siblings were killed in the
attack near Mahur town. A senior Police Official said intelligence
inputs had confirmed that the ambush was the handiwork of NSCN-K
militants, who had now made Mahur, 40 kilometres away from the
District headquarters, Haflong, one of their strong holds in North
Press Trust of
India reports that ‘publicity secretary’ of the Karbi Longri
National Liberation Front (KLNLF)
Razak Dera on January 4 said that that they were open for immediate
peace talks with the Centre but demanded that Union Home Minister
should be present in that talk. He said that the outfit's cadres,
who were for a separate Karbi State, would not surrender but only
deposit their arms.
|Three Taliban militants killed in NWFP|
The Security Forces
(SFs) killed three Taliban militants
in the continuing Operation Rah-e-Nijat (Path to Salvation) at
Mora Kandao in Swat District of North West Frontier Province (NWFP)
on January 5, according to Daily Times. Inter-Services
Public Relations (ISPR) said that one trooper was also injured
in the clash.
Police arrested four suspected persons from Swabi District and
recovered a cache of explosives from their possession. Swabi Divisional
Police Officer (DPO) Imran Shahid said 700 kilogrammes of explosives
and over 5,000 safety fuse wires were seized, which were hidden
in a vehicle coming from Punjab. The driver of the vehicle, Allah
Ditta who belonged to Sargodha, Zahirullah, Abdullah Shah and
Syed Tariq Shah have been taken into custody for interrogation.
Meanwhile, the SFs
conducted search and clearance operations in Pash Ziarat of Swat
District and cleared a number of compounds of militants and recovered
a cache of ammunitions.
addition, the SFs conducted operations in various areas of Swat
and arrested eight suspected militants and recovered a cache of
arms and ammunition.
Further, four suspected
militants surrendered at Watakai near Mingora and Sakhra.
|Three persons killed and 11 injured in bomb blast in PoK|
At least three persons
were killed and 11 persons injured in a blast near barracks of
military hospital in Tarar Khal area of Rawla Kot, the District
headquarter of the Rawal Kot District in Pakistan occupied Kashmir
(PoK) on January 6 (today), according to The News. Of the
injured, four are said to be in critical condition.
|Ahmadi leader shot dead in suspected sectarian attack in Karachi|
An Ahmadi leader
Muhammad Yousaf (70) was shot dead allegedly for seeking Police
protection against sectarian zealots in Ferozewala Police Station
area of Karachi on January 5, according to Daily Times.
The family of Muhammad Yousaf, leader of the Ahmadi community
in Ferozewala, alleged that unidentified persons killed him for
demanding Police to stop them from creating religious strife in
the area. Fatehul Deen, the son of the deceased, said that two
unidentified persons on a motorbike opened fire at his father
around 8 am (PST) when he was sitting at his general store, where
he (Fateh) and his brother were also present. He said his father
died instantly while he and his brother narrowly escaped the attack.
Ferozewala Police Station House Officer (SHO) Muhammad Munir said
that Police had registered the first information report (FIR)
against unidentified persons for Yousaf’s murder.
Meanwhile, one person,
identified as Sajid (25), who had sustained injuries in the Ashura
procession on M.A. Jinnah Road in Karachi on December 28, 2009,
passed away at the hospital on January 5. This brings the death
toll of blast victims to 45.
|Rocket hits Governor House in Balochistan|
The Rockets targeted
the Balochistan Governor House and provincial Civil Hospital in
Quetta, injuring one person, in the night of January 5, according
to The News. Police said one rocket, which landed on the lawn
of the Governor House, failed to explode. The rocket had been
fired from an unknown location. The bomb disposal squad defused
the rocket. The Police said another rocket fired from an unknown
place hit the wall of the Civil Hospital. Its splinters hit and
injured one person. The rocket exploded with a big bang, smashing
windowpanes of some wards of the hospital.
|Two civilians abducted in Manipur|
A section official
of the Manipur Minor Irrigation Department, G. Manisana Sharma,
was abducted by suspected People's United Liberation Front (PULF)
militants from Thoubal District on January 4, according to Telegraph.
The report adds that abduction was linked to extortion demands
made by the group from either the Department or the official himself.
The abducted official is from Thoubal district and posted at the
Department’s head office in Lamphel of Imphal West District.
Further, a ‘chief’
of the Tera Khongsang Gram Panchayat (village level local self
Government institution), identified as Lamabam Tomchou Meitei
(52), was also abducted by suspected cadres belonging to Lamyanba
Khuman group of the Military Council faction of the Kangleipak
Communist Party (KCP)
from his residence on January 3, reports Imphal Free Press.
Separately, two cadres
belonging to Lamyanba Khuman faction of the Military Council faction
of the KCP, including a woman, were arrested by the Bishnupur
District Police during a search operation at Phubala on January
4, according to Sangai Express. They were identified as
Phairembam Mamita Devi (24) and Laishram Isokanta (47).
In addition, another
cadre of the outfit, identified as Oinam Sanatomba (49), was arrested
by a combined force of the Bishnupur District Police and personnel
of 16th Maratha Light Infantry from Moirang Kokilbon Leikai on
|Maoists focus on fourth phase of agitation|
The Unified Communist
Party of Nepal-Maoist (Unified CPN-M) decided to focus the fourth
phase of their nationwide agitation "to protect national sovereignty
and integrity" upon reaching the conclusion that it is in "serious
danger" and endorsed the political report tabled by party ‘chairman’
Pushpa Kamal Dahal at central committee (CC) meeting of the party
that concluded in the party headquarters at Paris Danda in Koteshwor
on January 5, reports Nepal News.
Meanwhile, the Nepali
Congress (NC) party accused the Unified CPN-M of inviting conflict
and hindering the peace process and constitution writing schedule.
NC general secretary Bimalendra Nidhi told media persons in Birgunj
that the Maoists have changed their earlier stance for federal
democratic republic set up when the new constitution is promulgated.
The Army Integration
Special Committee started deliberation on the proposal tabled
by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, aimed at finishing all works
related to the Maoist combatants, including their integration,
by April 30, 2010. "The Special Committee has started debate on
the Prime Minister's proposal," Communist Party of Nepal-Unified
Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) party general secretary Ishwor Pokharel,
a member of the committee, informed after the meeting held at
the Prime Minster’s Office in Singha Durbar on January 5.
|Arms and ammunition recovered in Wanni|
During search and
clear operations conducted in the Pallei, Periyapandivirichchan,
Nandankandal, Palampiddi, Nochchikulam, Iranamadu, Oddusudan,
Paranthan, Akkarayankulam and Wellamullivaikkal areas of Wanni
on January 4 the troops recovered a cache of arms and ammunition,
reports Sri Lanka Army. The recoveries included five 81-mm mortar
bombs, 42 hand grenades, eight fuses, one pack of chargers, one
anti-tank mine, 191 anti-personnel mines, one claymore mine, 18
Rocket Propeller Grenades (RPG), one 152-mm artillery round, four
60-mm mortar bombs, two Rangan bombs, two detonators, two rounds
of .38-mm ammunition, two rounds of micro pistol ammunition, four
T-56 weapons, two T-56 bayonets, 22 T-56 magazines, a stock of
weapon parts, one T-81 weapon, six M-16 weapons, three I-com communication
sets, one I-com battery, one box of T-56 ammunition, 2000 kilograms
of explosives, sixteen 14.8-mm weapon barrels, two shot guns,
2500 rounds of T-56 ammunition, seven artillery boosters, 46 artillery
fuses, one disposable RPG bomb, one generator, two computer keyboards,
one electric water pump, one video deck, one battery charger,
one blender, one iron, one black wire roll, 10 motor cycle tyres
and two motor cycle silencers.
reported that the Vavuniya Police Crime Unit unearthed a large
haul of arms and explosives, including slain Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s personal
rifle together along with body armour in Wellamullivaikkal on
January 4. Senior Deputy Inspector General (North) Nimal Lewke
said on information gathered from one of the personal bodyguards
of the slain LTTE leader, a special team from the Vavuniya Police
recovered over 2,000 kilograms of high explosives and Prabhakaran’s
personal rifle. "They uncovered an M-16A2 with a grenade
launcher along with a body armour that was believed to be used
by the LTTE leader. The body armour was specially tailored for
the LTTE leader", Lewke told the Daily News. The arms
and explosives were carefully concealed and buried in the Wellamullivaikkal
jungle. Police recovered two boat engines, a 40 horse power engine,
18 Arul bombs, 2,000 kilograms of RDX explosives, 88 suicide kits,
two claymore mines, 17 of 60-mm mortar bombs, two weapon chargers,
20 pouches, 122 full switches, ten of 60-mm artillery shell chargers,
50 detonators, 2,500 of 7.62 ammunition, 250 grams gun powder,
a torpedo, 25 anti-personnel mines, 25 artillery boosters, 46
artillery fuses, a disposable RPG weapon, 15 hand grenades, 16
of 14.5 weapon barrels, two automatic shot guns, 50 claymore stands,
a large quantity of dead code wire, 20 remote control switches
and eight suicide kit switches.
|Three LWEs arrested in two separate incidents in Bagerhat and Natore Districts|
Three Left Wing Extremists
(LWEs) including an ‘operation commander’ were arrested in two
separate incidents in Bagerhat and Natore Districts, reports Daily
Star. Police arrested two Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP)
cadres along with their party posters in Manasa Bazaar area of
Fakirhat sub district in Bagerhat District on January 4. The arrestees
— Kazi Ibrahim, and Chengis Das in their posters urged people
to join their party with a pledge to kill their ''class enemies''
and sought financial help for strengthening their party activities.
Separately, the Police
on January 5 arrested an ''operation commander'' of Purba Banglar
Sarbahara Party (PBSP),
identified as Afzal Hossain from Fulbagan area in Natore District
and recovered a shutter gun, a pistol and four bullets from his
house. Police said that Afzal is an active member of PBSP. He
faces many cases including Bamihal Police camp loot, three murders
|Suspected LTTE militant arrested in Kerala|
that a suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
militant has been arrested at a check post at Cumbum near Theni
in Kerala after his passport and identity cards were found to
be forged. Police said Siridharan (32) and his friend, a registered
refugee of the Mandapam camp, were on their way back from the
Sabarimala temple in Kerala on January 4 when they were stopped
for a routine check. Police grew suspicious when they heard his
Sri Lankan Tamil accent and asked for his identity card which
was found to be false. A check of his passport also revealed that
it was forged. They said the suspect had received military training
prior to 1992 and had stayed at Velvattithurai in Jaffna Peninsula.
|JMB militant arrested in Chapai Nawabganj District|
Members of the Rapid
Action Battalion (RAB) on January 5 arrested an ehsar (full
time member) of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), identified
as Yousuf Ali from Shibganj sub district in the Chapai Nawabganj
District, reports Daily Star. Yousuf faces two separate
cases with Shibganj Police Station, said a RAB official.
|Four NLFT cadres surrender in Tripura|
reports that four National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT)
cadres surrendered when they were challenged by the Assam Rifles
personnel at Taidum village in North District along Tripura–Mizoram
border on January 3. Sources said that they deposited one AK 56
rifle, one SLR, a pistol, one G-3 gun along with ammunitions and
340 bullets during the time of surrender.
|Bihar Police denies media reports of Taliban and LeT terrorists infiltration into State from Nepal side|
Bihar Police on January
4 denied the media reports of Taliban and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT)
terrorists infiltration into the State from Nepal side, reports
Times of India. Additional Director General (ADG) (headquarters)
U.S. Dutt wondered where from the media got such information.
"There is no such indication from the Central intelligence
agency either," he said. He said that a man was killed in
Nepal side across Araria District and the killers are suspected
to have entered Bihar. Apparently this led to speculations about
terrorists moving in Bihar, Dutt added. As for the threat to Indian
Railways, meanwhile, sources said an ADG-rank police officer in
Kerala received an anonymous call recently. The caller identified
himself as Bashir and said trains and railway properties would
be targeted. The caller did not give any specific details about
the location of the target. As a precautionary measure, the Union
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) circulated a nationwide warning
to the Railway Police.
|80 per cent of Mohmand Agency cleared, say Army sources|
Security Forces (SFs)
on January 5 said they flushed out most of the militants from
the Mohmand tribal region of Mohmand Agency in Federally Administered
Tribal Areas (FATA), according to Dawn. "Mohmand is
a big agency and up till now 80 per cent of the area has been
cleared," commander of the Mohmand Operation, Colonel Saifullah,
said. He said operations near the Afghanistan border were necessary
as militants take refuge in the region. Around 350 militants were
killed while 300 others were severely injured, he added. Regarding
the SFs causalities, he said around 65 soldiers had been martyred
in 2008 and 2009. He said resistance was still being faced in
the Safi tehsil (revenue unit) and Khwazai tehsil
but now the SFs were shifting towards the next phase that entailed
bringing stability to the area. He rubbished off reports of NATO
penetrating Mohmand and other tribal areas and said Pakistan’s
borders were being tightly guarded. Colonel Saifullah did not
give any tentative date for wrapping up the operation but said
the army wants to wind it up as soon as possible. Due to normalisation
of the situation, schools and some bazaars had opened in the cleared
areas and Government offices also started their operations.
|Country’s land can’t be used for terrorism in another country, says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina|
Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina on January 5 said that she would not invite trouble for
the country by allowing militants and terrorists to use Bangladesh
for carrying out terrorism in another country, reported Daily
Star. "They [militants and terrorists] will use the land of
Bangladesh to conduct their terrorism in another country and we
will create enmity by harbouring them this cannot be," she
said, while addressing top Police officials at her office in observance
of the Police Week. "I know there are risks. I also have life
threat but for the sake of the country and its sovereignty, I
will not allow that," she said. Hasina said that for the sake
of independence and sovereignty, she is taking the risk to protect
the country from being used as "the base of another country's
militants and terrorists". Hasina also states that her Government
will not allow militants to establish their supremacy in the country.
"The previous Government failed to figure out the devastating
outcome of encouraging such dangerous elements. They did not cast
their eyes far into the future," she added.
asked the Police officials to perform their duty blindly without
seeing which party the culprits belong to. "Your work is to ensure
the security of the people and keep loyal to the constitution.
Even take actions against my party's people." She also asked the
Police officials to introduce themselves to modern technologies
as the criminals are using high-tech instruments for committing
their crimes. The Prime Minister said that her Government would
do whatever possible for the development of the Police Force in
the country, as this is the largest law-enforcement force in the
country. "We need the rule of law, but you have to confirm that
doing that there will be no violation of human rights." she said
adding "there will be no militancy and terrorism-there will be
only peace prevailing in the country".
|"I will never merge North and East" says President Mahinda Rajapakse|
Rajapakse on January 5 stressed that he would never merge the
North and the East under his administration, Daily News
reported. He said certain elements in the Opposition are changing
its tune when they go to the North with the sole objective of
winning the election. Earlier media reports indicated that the
joint opposition Presidential candidate General (retired) Sarath
Fonseka had agreed to the pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE) Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) demand that the Tamil-speaking
Northern and Eastern Provinces be merged once again to form a
single Tamil province.
the support of TNA at the upcoming presidential elections, Fonseka
has offered to grant amnesty to all the detained LTTE cadres if
he is elected. He pledged in a proposal submitted to the TNA that
he would take measures to offer amnesty to all LTTE cadres in
detention if he becomes President. In the proposal titled "Immediate
Relief Measures for war affected persons" Fonseka says the LTTE
cadres will either be charged or released within one month. The
proposal also calls for dismantling the high security zones in
the country and remove the emergency rule that is in force now.
The proposal also says that he will dismantle all para-military
cadres and armed groups. General Fonseka has submitted the proposal
to the TNA leader R. Sampanthan on January 4.
Whip and Urban Development and Sacred Area Development Minister
Dinesh Gunawardena told Parliament on January 5 that the 17th
Amendment to the Constitution is now defunct and there was no
use in taking up its provisions. Answering a question to why the
Police Commission is not established, the Minister said the 17th
Amendment now had no practical value. As the provisions of the
17th Amendment are not functioning, powers are now
vested with the relevant Ministers to act answering to the situation,
he said. "For the State of defunct of the 17th
Amendment to the Constitution both the Government and the Opposition
must take the shared responsibility and the blame," he said.
Gunawardena said Ministers do not interfere with Police affairs
as alleged by the Opposition MP and denied that there were any
reports that the Sri Lankan Parliament on January 5 voted to extend
the state of emergency in the country by another month. Emergency
in Sri Lanka was re-imposed after the assassination of the former
Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, by LTTE cadres in August
2005. Under the Sri Lankan Constitution, only Parliament has the
right to proclaim emergency and it is valid only for a month.
From August 2005, the Sri Lankan Parliament has been extending
the emergency every month. Meanwhile, Colombo Page quoted
Prime Minister (PM) Rathnasiri Wickramanayaka saying that the
Emergency Rule is needed to be extended as the Security Forces
continue to be remained in the North conducting search operations
but the law will not be used to fulfil petty political ambitions.
The PM further said the Security Forces continue to recover large
hauls of weapons and explosives hidden by the terrorists. The
aim of the Security Forces is to build an environment for the
people in the north to live without fear or suspicion, he added.