4 hurt, houses damaged in Adezai attack
PESHAWAR: At least four persons were injured and 10 houses damaged when militants fired rockets and mortar shells at Adezai, a suburban village of provincial metropolis, on late Tuesday night.
A police post was also damaged in the massive midnight attack.
Farman Khan, a leader of anti-Taliban Adezai Qaumi Lashkar, told Dawn that they had information about a possible attack by militants.
He alleged that they were prepared to counter the attack but local police dodged them by deploying their volunteers somewhere else.
“We had information that militants would enter the area through Yusufkhel Village but police officials said that the attackers would come from the opposite side and asked the volunteers to plug that side,” he said. He added that police had either incorrect information or dodged the volunteers.
The attackers, he said, started firing with sophisticated heavy weapons at midnight that continued till 2am. “We also retaliated and targeted the possible cover areas but they had already strengthened position behind the mounds, forcing people to remain indoors,” he added.
Mr Khan said that four persons received injuries when shells and rockets landed in their houses. He said that many houses were damaged but the worst-hit were owned by Haji Sultan Shah, Said Firdus, Mohammad Umar, Shah Zaman, Mohammad Siraj, Haji Abbas Gul, Noorul Islam, Taj Wali, Sarwar Khan and Dilawar Khan.