2 civilians killed in Mohmand operation
GHALLANAI: In a joint operation here Friday, the security forces and Charsadda police occupied several militant hideouts in Shabqadar, Michni and 25 adjoining villages, while two civilians were killed in firing by forces. Sources said neither any of the militants was arrested, nor they offered resistance on the 10th consecutive day of the search operation. On the other hand, curfew was relaxed and situation remained calm in Shabqadar bazaar. Superintendent of Charsadda Police (SP) Riaz Khan, while talking to local journalists, said police and security forces jointly conducted search operations in Pir Qala, Barai, Aisha Koroona, Juma Khan Koroona, Rashakai, Noorani, Qila Shah Baig, Shano Ghundo, Kathozai, Haleemzai and Shahbaz Koroona and occupied various militant hideouts.
He also said they had occupied two houses in Shano Ghundo area of Michni and Qila Shah Baig, adding that one was owned by Abu Haneefa-a commander of Malik Muhibullah group-and the other was owned by Malik Raheel.
Later, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Mardan Police Akhtar Ali Shah, in his visit, declared the areas to be in control of the forces. People migrating from the troubled areas were directed not to return until the paramilitary forces clear the areas of explosives and bombs.
Meanwhile, two persons were killed and another injured when security forces fired at their boat in Kabul River near Shalman Gado Gudar area. Zar Wali and Bismillah died, while the injured was identified as Abdul Zaman. People have been crossing the river on boats and reached Peshawar via Afghanistan’s Lalpura–Torkham route as Peshawar–Bajaur Road remained closed because of curfew.