Ghalanai: Militants kill two children, destroy school
GHALANAI: Two children were killed and four persons injured in separate incidents of violence in Mohmand and Kurram agencies while a school was blown up by unidentified persons in Bajaur tribal region on Monday. Also, a member of anti-Taliban peace committee was shot dead by militants in Frontier Region of Kohat.
Locals said that three children were playing in the empty house of Shah Nawaz in Wali Kor area of tehsil Safi in Mohmand Agency when one of them stepped on a landmine, planted by suspected militants there.
The landmine exploded with a huge bang, killing two of the children. The killed children were identified as Luqman son of Yar Syed and Adil son of Gulab. The third child identified as Lal son of Mumtaz sustained injuries in the blast. The injured was shifted to Peshawar.
Meanwhile, three persons, including a woman, were injured when militants attacked Shalowzan and Khaiwas villages with heavy weapons in Kurram tribal region on Monday.
The attackers fired rockets, mortar shells and other heavy weapons from their hideouts Tangi and Nari areas at both the villages in upper Kurram. Three people, including a woman, received injuries in the attack. The volunteers of Turi tribe and local people also retaliated. Both the sides continued to trade fire till late night.
Meanwhile, a government-run school was blown up in Mamond area of Bajaur Agency in the small hours of Monday.
Locals said unidentified militants planted improvised explosive device (IED) at government primary school for boys in Gari Yagal area on the night between Sunday and Monday. The device went off with a bang and destroyed the school building, they added. The officials of political administration also confirmed the report, saying involvement of militants in the incident could not be ruled out.
Locals said that the school was destroyed despite presence of several checkpots in the surrounding areas. The number of destroyed schools in Bajaur Agency has reached to 106.
Security forces started search operation after the incident. The watchman of the school was also arrested for interrogation.
In the Frontier Region of Kohat, militants killed a member a peace committee in Jawak village for raising voice against them on Monday.
Militants claimed that they killed Ghani, who had attended a jirga the other day and condemned rocket attacks on Ara Khel village. The local elder, Shafaris Khan also confirmed the incident by telephone.
The jirga members and armed lashkar of FR Kohat had been warned several times in the past against supporting security forces. Taliban militants had enforced their own style of Sahria in FR Kohat three years ago and awarded punishments to people but local tribesmen vehemently opposed them.
Security forces and tribal volunteers had arrested two alleged suicide bombers in FR Kohat last week. The alleged bombers were sent to target the offices of the jirga, locals said.