Anti-tank mine kills 15 in Mohmand,6 others were also wounded when a vehicle carrying passengers to a wedding hit an anti-tank mine.
Friday, 23 Oct, 2009
PESHAWAR: An anti-tank mine exploded Friday under a minibus, killing 15 wedding guests on a road used by government forces in Pakistan’s tribal belt on the Afghan border, officials said.
The incident took place at Baizai Tehsil in the Sorandara area of Mohmand, where security forces have been pressing an offensive against rebels in what is part of Pakistan’s tribal belt, where al Qaeda-linked militants are holed up.
‘A vehicle carrying passengers to a wedding hit an anti-tank mine, killing 15 people and wounding six others,’ a senior local administration official, Maqsood Khan, told AFP.
Another senior administration official, Rasool Khan, confirmed the incident and number of casualties. Most of the dead were women and children, he said. The bodies of those killed and the injured have been shifted to the Ghananai Hospital.
The same road is used extensively by Pakistan’s paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC), which demolished several houses of suspected militants in the Sorandara area during raids Thursday.
Security forces launched a huge operation against militants in Mohmand and Bajaur last August. In February, they said Bajaur had been cleared after months of fierce fighting, but unrest has rumbled on.
Security forces survey the site of a suicide bomb attack at the entrance of the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra, about 75 km northwest of Islamabad, October 23, 2009. — Reuters
Friday, 23 Oct, 2009||updated at 2.30 PST
ISLAMABAD: A suicide bomber struck near a major air force complex in northwestern Pakistan Friday, killing seven people as the army pressed ahead with a major anti-Taliban in close to the Afghan border.
The attack happened outside the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in Kamra Cantt, DawnNews reported.
‘There was a suicide attack and at least seven people have been killed,’ said district police officer, Fakhar Sultan.
‘Two Pakistan Air Force personnel are among those killed in the attack,’ he told AFP.
The attack was the latest in a wave of bombings and raids sweeping Pakistan targeting mostly security-related institutions that has killed more than 150 people.
The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex at Kamra is the country’s major air force maintenance and research hub.
Some foreign military experts have mentioned it as a possible place to keep planes that can carry nuclear warheads.
The army, which does not reveal where its nuclear- related facilities are, has denied that the facility is tied to the program in any way.
A lone suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself at a check point on a road leading to the complex, around 30 miles from Islamabad.
Police officer Akbar Abbas blamed the Taliban for the attack. The seven dead included two security troops, while 13 people were wounded.
The complex at Kamra or its workers have been targeted at least once before. In December 2007, a suicide car bomber struck near a bus carrying children of Pakistan Air Force employees, wounding five of them.
Rescuers help an injured man at a bomb blast site in Peshawar on October 23, 2009. — AFP
Updated at: 1400 PST, Friday, October 23, 2009
PESHAWAR: Fifteen people sustained injuries in a remote control car bomb blast happened in Peshawar’s posh locality of Hyatabad.
Sources said the explosion occurred in a car parked outside a restaurant in Phase 2 of Hyatabad. Gunshots were also heard after the blast. Police officials and rescue workers reached at the blast site and shifted wounded persons to Hyatabad Medical Complex. Police have cordoned off the area. Law enforcement agencies have arrested a suspected man and shifted him at undisclosed location for interrogations.
The sources of Bomb Disposal Squad said the blast carried out through remote control device in which 40 kilograms of explosive was used.
The military said it secured the ridge of Shishamwan behind Kotkai, after an ‘intense engagement’ allowing troops to besiege Kotkai from the east. — File photo
Friday, 23 Oct, 2009|| updated 1300 PST
ISLAMABAD: The military said Friday that the death toll in a major military assault on the Taliban in Waziristan rose to more than 160 on the seventh day of intense fighting in the region.
Thirteen militants, including six Uzbeks, have died since the last death toll, bringing the overall number of insurgents killed to 142, a statement said.
In addition, two soldiers have been killed in the offensive around South Waziristan, where authorities say scores of al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked attacks have been masterminded, bringing the overall number of dead soldiers to 20.
Death tolls are impossible to confirm independently with the area closed and all communication lines down. Read More………
Updated at: 2045 PST, Friday, October 23, 2009
PESHAWAR: Security forces have killed 19 militants and arrested 41 suspected terrorists in Khyber Agency, Mohmand, and Lower Dir.
In an operation security forces killed 4 terrorists and destroyed 4 vehicles at Gorgari in Kyber Agency, FC media cell reported.
Meanwhile, 25 suspected terrorists were detained during a search operation in Shalobar, Tehsil Bara.
Security forces also conducted operation in Mohmand Agency, killing 15 insurgents and injuring 14 at Kozchanari, Ghanamshah and Ziarat.
Two shops and ten terrorist hideouts were also ruined in the operation, while 14 terrorists have been caught at Lal Qila and Mira Mai, in Dir district.
Courtsey: Dawn, The News, AFP, AP.