4 militants among seven killed in Tirah
BARA: Four militants were killed and four volunteers of the Zakhakhel tribal lashkar were injured in clashes between fighters of the banned Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and the Zakhakhel tribesmen in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Tuesday, tribal sources said.
The sources said that the militants belonging to LI attacked two hilltops of Khazana and Torghwat to recapture them from Zakhakhel tribesmen. They said four militants of LI including its commander Abdullah were killed while four volunteers of Zakhakhel Afridi tribe were injured in the clashes.
The sources said the lashkar repulsed the attack on Torghwat while it lost Khazana, an important position, to its rival LI in Bango and Bukar areas of Tirah valley.
Meanwhile, three persons, including two men and a woman, were killed while four others were injured when a person barged into a house and opened indiscriminate fire on the inmates in Maidan area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency.
The sources said the motive behind the incident could not be known. Some sources, however, said that killer was not mentally sound. His elder brother had been killed by the militants of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan Orakzai Agency chapter some eight months back. The slain man and the killer belonged to the Zakhakhel tribe. In another case, two persons were abducted by the militants from Bara Bazaar.