Four killed, three injured in Kurram Agency
SADDA: A mortar shell hit the Awami Market in Chinar Chowk on Friday, killing two people and injuring three others, while two more people died of sectarian violence in other parts of Kurram Agency. The people killed in the mortar blast have been identified as Muhammad Ismail and Muhammad Wakhan, sons of prominent tribal leader Saleh Khan. Ajmal Khan was injured in the blast and a pickup was completely destroyed.
Also on Friday, sectarian clashes continued in various parts of the Agency for a seventh consecutive day. Both sects used heavy weapons in Balish Khel and Khar Kalay, wounding several people. In an attempt to stop the fighting, security forces used heavy artillery and fired upon hilltop positions of both sects, resulting in the death of one Haji Masood Khan.
One of the shells hit the house of Haji Banaat Khan, a prominent tribal leader of the Sadda area, killing his 13-year-old son, Kausar. The shelling also injured his two nephews, Yousuf Khan and Naseeb Khan, who were then taken to hospital.
According to reports, the sectarian fighting also continued in various areas of Parachinar on Friday. The government and a peace jirga have failed to broker a ceasefire thus far. Elders on both sides have said that they want peace in the agency.