Bara: 14 lashkar members injured in grenade attack
BARA: At least 14 members of the Akakhel Amn Lashkar sustained injuries when the fighters of the militant group Lashkar–e–Islam hurled hand-grenades and explosives at their office in Abdul Khwar area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency late Monday night, official and tribal sources said. “The members of the peace body were sleeping inside the office when a dozen militants came there and lobbed hand-grenades and canes of tin filled with explosives into the building at around at 11: 50 pm,” a commander of the lashkar told The News.
He said that the injured were shifted to Peshawar for treatment and four of them were in critical condition.
He claimed they killed seven militants in retaliation. He said bodies of the slain militants were taken away by their associates while fleeing the scene.
However, LI spokesman Abu Rasheed Lashkari rejected the claim and said none of their men had been killed or injured in the incident.
Our correspondent in Bara adds: The fighting between the Kukikhel Amn Lashkar and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) continued in Sra Vella area of Tirah valley on Tuesday in which two members of the peace body sustained injuries, tribal sources said.
The sources, which are associated with the Kukikhel
Amn lashkar, claimed that its fighters had regained two positions from the TTP militants in the fighting.
They claimed that three militants belonging to the Tariq Afridi group of the TTP also suffered injuries in the fighting. However, the killing of the TTP fighters and the recapturing of the two positions by Kukikhel lashkar could not be independently verified.
A tribal elder wishing not be named said that the peace body was faced with stiff resistance from the TTP militants and feared that clearing the Kukikhel area from the militants might take several days.
Meanwhile, the Kukikhel Amn Lashkar has made it mandatory for each family from Kukikhel Afridi tribe to provide a volunteer to the tribal militia, local sources said. The sources said that the decision was taken at a jirga held in Pati area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency two days ago.