3 Kurram tribesmen killed near Afghan border
UPPER DIR: Unidentified persons killed three tribesmen in Kurram Agency near Afghan border on Monday while militants hiding in Afghanistan again attacked positions of a local lashkar in Upper Dir district, sources said.
Sources said that unidentified persons attacked a tractor trolley of Turi tribesmen in Munda area near the Afghan border in Kurram Agency and killed three woodcutters.
The victims were identified as Jamil Hussain, Ahmad Hussain and Basit Hussain. The driver of the tractor, Ibrar Hussain, received serious bullet injuries. He was shifted to tehsil headquarters hospital in Alizai.
The tribesmen organised an armed lashkar and chased the attackers. But the attackers managed to escape. The residents said that incidents of target killing and kidnapping were on the rise in the valley despite military operation in the area.
Meanwhile, a convoy of relief goods including food items and medicines arrived in Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram Agency, on Monday. Majlis-i-Wahdatul Muslimeen, an Islamabad-based body, has dispatched relief goods for internally displaced persons of the tribal region.
The deputy secretary general of the organisation, Alama Amin Shahidi, was also accompanying the convoy. The organisers said that police in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and authorities in tribal areas had refused to allow the convoy to proceed to Parachinar because of security reasons. However, after negotiations and intervention of federal government the trucks were permitted to proceed.
Meanwhile, militants from Afghanistan side once again attacked positions of local lashkar in border areas of Upper Dir on Sunday night. However, residents of Sro Kallay said that the attack was repulsed successfully.
They said that militants opened firing on positions of villagers, guarding their areas from the attackers hiding in Afghanistan. Militants have been attacking security forces and local people, who have taken up arms against them, for the last few months.
Locals said that militants suffered losses during the two previous attacks. They said that militants had sent a letter to a leader of the lashkar and threatened him to get ready for punishment.
According to the residents of Nusrat Darra and Shahteez, militants have entrenched in a forest along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and are looking for opportunity to launch attacks against the people of these villages.
They said that those militants had escaped the 2009 military operation in Swat, Buner and Lower Dir. The villages have asked government to ensure deployment of sufficient number of security forces in these areas to foil designs of militants.
Meanwhile, security forces recovered 22 rounds of rocket, three Kalashnikovs and two other rifles from a house in Acaar and Jabar area during a search operation. According to Gandigar police station, no one was arrested during the operation.