Five injured in police-Taliban clash in Nowshera
NOWSHERA: Five people were injured in a shootout between militants and police in Nowshera district of the NWFP on Thursday. The injured included two policemen, two civilians and a militant commander. The policemen and civilians were taken to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) in Nowshera, while the militant commander was moved to an undisclosed location for investigation. According to the details, a police mobile squad saw an armed man in the Sulemankhel Mohallah of Badrashi village on Thursday morning and asked him to surrender.
But the man opened fire at police and was soon joined by accomplices. The resultant exchange of fire continued for more than an hour. Injured Taliban commander Qari Hussain Amin was arrested, while police contingents besieged the area to arrest his associates.
Weapons seized Police also seized weapons and ammunition from a mosque in the area. Locals said the mosque was being used by the militants as their headquarters. The Nowshera district police officer could not be reached for comment.
Three days ago, a Daily Times report had indicated increasing Taliban activities in Ziarat Kaka Sahib, Bahadarkhel and surrounding villages. Badrashi village is in the same zone. There is an ongoing Taliban insurgency across the Frontier province and the clash occurred amid peace talks between militants and the coalition government.