Fighting between Muslims and Islamic Blasts of Peace make Pakistan into pieces.

Suicide attack kills three security men in Miramshah

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‘The bomber struck his car into the security post, which exploded after the impact,’ the official said. —Reuters/File photo
MIRAMSHAH: A suicide bomber rammed an explosive-filled car into a checkpoint in North Waziristan on Tuesday, killing three security personnel, officials said.

The attack took place outside Miramshah, the main town of North Waziristan.

‘Three security personnel, one from the army, one paramilitary and a tribal policeman, were killed and three others were injured in the suicide bombing at Isha checkpost,’ a security official told AFP.

Another security official and intelligence officials based in the area confirmed the incident.

‘The bomber struck his car into the security post, which exploded after the impact,’ the official said.

Hundreds of militants are believed to have fled Afghanistan into Pakistan’s tribal areas to carve out safe havens after the US-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime in Kabul in late 2001.

The region neighbours South Waziristan, the hub of Pakistan’s chief Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud, who is believed to have been killed in a US drone attack earlier this month.

17 Taliban killed in factional fighting

By Our Correspondent
Monday, 17 Aug, 2009 | 07:21 AM PST

WANA, Aug 16: At least 17 supporters of militant commander Maulvi Nazir were gunned down on Sunday allegedly by followers of Baitullah Mehsud in a South Waziristan area under the control of the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.

Azam Tariq, spokesman for the TTP, however, said his group had nothing to do with the incident.

Some local sources said the attack could have been the work of Uzbek militants.

The Nazir group had expelled Uzbek militants from the Ahmadzai Wazir area in 2007 after fierce clashes and Baitullah had provided them shelter.

The sources said men of the Nazir group were going from North Waziristan to Wana via Kanigoram in two vehicles when they came under attack.

Local people found 14 bodies, including that of Miruddin, a close associate of Maulvi Nazir. Eight bodies were taken to Shakai valley and six to Wana.

(Nazir group’s spokesman Shaheen Wazir told Reuters that the attackers “were hiding behind rocks and as soon as our people reached there they opened fire. It was so sudden and quick that none of our men fired back.”An intelligence officer said the attackers also fired rocket-propelled grenades at the pick-up trucks carrying the Wazir fighters.

A resident saw militants carrying some of the bodies to Wana after the attack.)

AIR STRIKE: According to sources, 12 bodies were found in a private hospital in Makeen area of South Waziristan after a bombing on Saturday night.

Officials said planes had struck a suspected hideout in the militants’ stronghold.

Local people said the Jan Alam Hospital in Makeen bazaar was run by militants and wounded people were under treatment there.

They said eight bodies had been retrieved on Saturday and four on Sunday morning. The hospital was destroyed.

Taliban bomb kills seven in Shabqadar

By Our Correspondent
Tuesday, 18 Aug, 2009 | 02:53 AM PST

CHARSADDA, Aug 17: At least Ten people were killed and Fifteen others injured when a bomb placed in a vehicle exploded at a filling station in the Shabqadar area, about 25 kilometres northeast of Peshawar, on Monday.

Police said the time-bomb went off when the driver parked the vehicle for fuelling before leaving for Anbar in the Mohmand tribal region. The driver, two children and three women were killed and a passer-by, who was seriously injured died on way to hospital.

The bomb were hidden inside a carton of medicines.

DPO Mohammad Raiz told Dawn that the carton of ‘medicines’ had been given to the driver by a man who wanted it to be handed over to a person in the Anbar bazaar.

Local Taliban claimed responsibility for the bomb attack. Qari Shakeel called newsmen in Charsadda and said that the explosion was a warning for the people of Anbar who had raised an anti-Taliban Lashkar. He warned that more attacks would follow if the Lashkar was not disbanded.

(According to AP, the Taliban also claimed responsibility for two weekend suicide bombings in the Swat valley, saying the blasts were a message to a visiting US envoy that the militants remained strong despite Pakistan army’s recent gains there.

A Swat Taliban spokesman called AP to say the militants timed the attacks to coincide with the visit by Richard Holbrooke, who has been tasked with pressing the Pakistani government to launch a crackdown on extremists.

The bombings were “a gift to Holbrooke,” Muslim Khan said. “The Taliban cannot be eliminated.”

He claimed that the bombings, in which a number of troops were killed, were aimed at avenging the alleged deaths of militants in army’s custody.

Lt-Col Akhtar Abbas, an army commander in Swat, denied the army was killing militants in custody and speculated that the Taliban remnants were likely slaying wounded comrades rather than leave them behind to be captured and give up information to government forces.)

Police have registered an FIR against Qari Shakeel and another Taliban leader, Adnan alias Usman, for the Shabqadar blast.

Those killed by the blast included driver Zahid, Taj Mohammad, Nisar, the wife of Matli Khan and the wife of Mohammad Sadiq.

Sources: The Dawn :: The International News :: Other Sources.

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