17 shops blown up in Swat
MINGORA: Unidentified militants blew up a music CD centre, along with 16 other shops, in the Kabal tehsil of Swat late on Friday, while police defused a separate bomb.
The bomb, which went off in the Kala Kilay area and destroyed the music centre, caused millions of rupees worth of lost property. The remote-controlled device detonated at 2am, APP reported.
Separately, police said that a bomb disposal squad had defused a 20-kilogramme bomb and that cases had been registered against unidentified militants and investigations had started. The Online news agency quoted locals as saying that the Taliban had threatened owners of the CD Centre to shut down their business in the past. Following a deadlock in talks between the provincial government and the Taliban, the law and order situation in Swat is worsening. Armed Taliban have started patrolling the areas of Manglor, Kabal and Matta.
On Saturday, Malakand Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Tanvirul Haq Sipra told a cheque-distribution ceremony for the families of policemen killed during the Swat insurgency that a police housing colony and public school would be opened in the region.