Soldier killed, three kidnapped in Chitral
CHITRAL: A security man was killed and three others were kidnapped when militants attacked a checkpost near the Afghan border in the small hours of Monday.
Sources said that militants attacked Paitasun checkpost in the south of Chitral city and killed a security man identified as Abdul Ghafoor. District Coordination Officer Rahmatullah Wazir told Dawn that three soldiers identified as Mohammad Hassan, Sher Ahmad and Ghaziuddin were kidnapped along with their arms by the attackers.
The DCO claimed that the border force killed one of the assailants during exchange of fire. He said that the attackers fled to the adjacent Nuristan area of Afghanistan after the incident. In Kohat, terrorists blew up a high power electricity transmission pylon near the Frontier Region on late Monday night.
Police said that terrorists had planted four time bombs at the four pillars of the pylon out of which two exploded. The pylon was damaged by the blasts. The Bomb Disposal Squad reached the scene and defused the remaining explosives. This was the second such attack within one month. A case was registered at Riaz Khan Shaheed police station again unidentified terrorists.
It was expected that the damaged pylon would be repaired soon by the technical staff of Pesco that had been informed about the incident. Meanwhile, security forces claimed that Goluno and Sheikh Baba areas of tehsil Safi were cleared of militants and about 500 landmines were defused and 45 tribesmen detained under FCR in Mohmand tribal region on Monday.
Security forces continued operations in Suran Darra, Goluno, Sheikh Baba, Chamarkund, Ghanama Shah and Mattai areas of Baizai and Safi tehsils. They claimed that 500 landmines were defused in the areas. The forces also claimed that Goluno and Shiekh Baba were cleared of militants and government’s writ was restored there.
On the other hand they arrested 45 tribal elders under the collective territorial responsibility clause of FCR and shifted them to Ghalanai jail. Security forces also blew up the houses of alleged militant Adil Bacah, wanted by government in various cases of violence.