Blast hurts two in FR Kohat: 3 schools, hospital destroyed in Bara
LANDI KOTAL/ KOHAT: Three schools and a hospital were destroyed in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency while two tribesmen received injuries when militants targeted a passenger vehicle with a remote controlled bomb in Frontier Region of Kohat on Saturday.
Officials said that militants blew up three schools and a veterinary hospital in Akkakhel area of Bara. “These are very unfortunate incidents,” Assistant Political Agent Rehan Khattak told Dawn.
He said that administration would take action against those, who were responsible for the sabotage acts. “At the moment we are showing maximum restraint as a military operation is going on in the area, but once the situation is improved, we will take action,” Mr Khattak said.
He said that administration had served notices on Akkakhel elders to ensure security of government installations in their area but only a week after issuance of the notices destruction of schools and other government buildings restarted in the area.
Local sources said that militants planted huge quantity of explosives in school buildings in Deena Jan Kallay, Mohammad Alam Kallay and Juma Khan Kallay in Akkakhel and detonated the same early on Saturday.
A veterinary hospital was also blown up at Pir Mohammad Kallay. Meanwhile, authorities in Landi Kotal took into custody five office-bearers of local traders association when they closed their shops to protest against the official permission to Nato oil tankers and containers to pass through the main Landi Kotal bazaar.
Qari Ziyaratullah, a member of the bazaar committee, told Dawn that the local administration had granted permission to Nato vehicles despite the fact that they had requested the officials not to allow heavy vehicle to enter the main bazaar.
He said that Nato vehicle were frequently targeted by militants and their entry into bazaar was a security threat. He alleged that khasadars were taking Rs700 from every vehicle to allow it to pass through the main bazaar.
The shopkeeper later ended their strike but refused to allow the vehicles to enter the main bazaar. They demanded of the administration to ensure security of those vehicles on Landi Kotal-Torkham Bypass.
Meanwhile, at least two tribesmen were injured when militants targeted a passenger vehicle with remote controlled bomb on Kohat-Jawaki Road in FR Kohat on Saturday.
The vehicle was carrying passengers from Kohat district to Jawaki in FR Kohat. The militants detonated a roadside bomb when the vehicle entered Shindand area.
The injured tribesmen identified as Amanullah and Mohibur Rehman were taken to hospital for treatment. The vehicle was partially damaged in the incident.
The political administration registered a case while security forces launched an operation in the area but it remained futile as the militants had escaped into the populated area.
It may be recalled that tribesmen were leaving the said area in small groups for the last few months after increase in attacks on their houses by militants.
In another incident, a man was shot dead over a dispute about vacation of a house in Darre Talian area of Jungle Khel on Saturday.
Police said that Sultan Khan and Sardar Khan asked the deceased, Haji Gul, to vacate their house and killed him after exchanging hot words. The accused managed to escape.
The Jungle Khel police registered a case against the two accused on the complaint of Wazir Gul, the father of the deceased.