2,300 held in Bara search operation
BARA: The security forces arrested around 2,300 suspected persons and demolished two bases of militants, six shops and a filling station owned by tribesmen on the second day of the search operation in various areas of Akakhel in Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency on Wednesday, official and tribal sources said. The sources said the security forces continued search operation in Droadda, Gudmalang and Kalanga areas of Akakhel where they nabbed over 2,300 suspects and released 700 people after the initial investigation on the spot whereas the remaining were shifted to the nearby Frontier Corps camps for further investigation. The sources added the armed forces detonated two bases of Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and demolished six shops and a filling station in Droadda area of Akakhel.
The sources said the militants were using private property as their meeting places and hideouts against the security forces in the area. They alleged the owners of the shops and filling stations were the supporters and sympathisers of LI.
During the search operation, the security forces detonated the house of Jalabad Khan a commander of the banned militant organisation, Lashkar–e-Islam and defused seven Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by militants in different areas.
The security forces seized 40kg explosives during the search, the sources said. Meanwhile, Abid, a bomb-making expert associated with Lashkar-e-Islam succumbed to injuries, the sources said.
Abid along with his three associates, including commander Fazal Haq, had been injured in an exchange of fire with the security forces in Gudmalang area on the first day of the search. Mohammad Amin, a labourer, was killed while three others were injured when a mortar shell hit a factory in Alamgudar area late on Tuesday night, the tribal sources revealed.
Talking to reporters, the representatives of the affectees in Khyber Agency, Suhbat Khan Afridi condemned the shelling and asked the government to stop the arrest of innocent people in the so-called search operation ahead of Eidul Azha. Also, Shirmat Khan, a car dealer, died of his injuries who was allegedly shot by security forces in Alamgudar area of Bara for violating curfew.