Hangu: Militant held after fierce clash
HANGU: A top commander of Orakzai Taliban was arrested and an explosives-laden van prepared for carrying out a suicide attack on a military convoy seized in a joint raid on a house in Doaba area of Hangu after a fierce battle with terrorists on Saturday.
Acting on a tip-off given by the intelligence agencies, the military and police raided a house, owned by Hafiz Saeed Gul, in Maroofi Banda area in the jurisdiction of Doaba Police Station.
SHO Doaba police Gulzar Khan told this correspondent that the forces cordoned off the whole area and asked the suspects to surrender, but they instead opened firing which was duly returned by them.
He said that in the six-hour battle three militants were injured and later arrested while trying to flee towards the nearby mountains.
He said that the SSR pick-up van that was reportedly prepared for a suicide strike was also seized from the house.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) local commander Abu Bakr was arrested in injured condition along with his two accomplices Anwar and Hafiz Saeed Gul, owner of the house.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Kohat region, Muhammad Masood Afridi told Dawn that the suicide vehicle was loaded with explosives to strike a military convoy, which was scheduled to move from Kohat to Thall on Saturday.
The explosives and gadgets fixed in the pick-up van (DN-4236) were carefully dismantled by a team of experts, the Bomb Disposal Squad head said.