Volunteers repulse militants attack in Peshawar
PESHAWAR/TIMERGARA: The volunteers of Adezai Qaumi Lashkar repulsed an attack by militants in the suburban area of Peshawar on Wednesday morning. A source in the lashkar said that they were attacked twice by militants in the night. The attacks also caused suspension of power supply to the entire area.
He said that militants fired rockets and missiles at them but they escaped unhurt. The first attack, he said, was carried out at about 11pm that destroyed three power pylons in the area. The second attack was mad after midnight.
He said that a power transformer of the area was also damaged in the second attack. He said that policemen in a makeshift checkpost also escaped, however, a shell hit wall of the post.
The deputy chief of the lashkar, Fazal Malik, when contacted, said that about eight rockets were fired at them. He said that they retaliated with heavy and light weapons but the attackers took positions behind a mound.
He said that his volunteers wanted to move to the area but he did not allow them for fear of ambush, Police detained several villagers but freed them later, he added.
“Police asked people to join hands with the lashkar against militants otherwise they would be arrested as attackers used their land for carrying out attacks,” he said.
Meanwhile, suspected militants shot dead a youth in Matani area of Peshawar and dumped his body on the main bypass road late on Tuesday night.
A resident of the area told this correspondent that the deceased, Nisar Mohammad, was facing some threat from Taliban but he never cared for his life and used to move in the area even after evening.
“They caught him and tried to take him to some unknown place but he refused to go with them. That was why they killed him,” he said. He said that the victim`s father was member of a local committee, working for resolution of local disputes.
The militants, he said, had already warned the youth to avoid sitting with an anti-Taliban group but he did not pay any heed to the threats. He said that militants also informed his father by telephone when they caught him.
The local police, he said, also opened firing on the attackers but they escaped unhurt. In Lower Dir, former councillor escaped unhurt when a roadside remote controlled bomb exploded near his vehicle in Miramai Maidan on Wednesday.
Sources said that former councillor of Jamaat-i-Islami Haji Abdul Rahman was travelling in his vehicle along with his brother, Fazal Rahman, and a friend Khurshid. A roadside bomb went off when their vehicle reached Miramai village in Maidan.
The blast broke glasses of the vehicle, however, the inmates remained unhurt, sources said.