Posts Tagged ‘Northwest Pakistan’

Pak Terrorists kill 35 in Jamrud injuring 6o others by remote-controlled IED blast. Both sides (the attackers & the victims) shouted Allah-ho-Akbar.

January 10, 2012

Rescue workers go through the wreckage of damaged vehicles at the site of a bomb explosion in Jamrud bazaar, about 25 km west of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan January 10, 2012.—Reuters Photo

Blast kills 35 in Jumrad (Khyber agency)  injuring 6o others.

PESHAWAR || Tuesday 10th January 2012 ||  Safar 15, 1433: A remote-controlled bomb blast killed 35 people and wounded more than 60 others on Tuesday in a tribal region of northwest Pakistan Tuesday in the deadliest such attack in months, officials said.

The explosion took place in a market in Jamrud, one of the towns of the troubled Khyber tribal region, which also used to serve as the main supply route for Nato forces operating in Afghanistan.

“The total number of deaths in the blast is 35 while 69 people were wounded, and of them the condition of 11 is critical,” a senior administration official, Shakeel Khan Umarzai, told AFP.

Another top official in Khyber, Mutahir Zeb, said the target of the attack was not immediately clear.

“According to initial information, it was a remote controlled device planted in a passenger pickup van,” he said.

There were about 120 bomb attacks in Pakistan in 2011 and the same number in 2010 according to an AFP tally – an increase from 2009, but far below the violence of 2009 when there were more than 200 bomb blasts.

The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool: “Pakistanis over the last couple of years have become used to atrocities like this”

Jamrud target

The frequency of high-profile bombings has decreased in Pakistan over the past year. This is the bloodiest attack since a suicide bomber killed at least 40 people at a mosque, also in Jamrud, in August last.

Jamrud has been the target of several major blasts in recent years.

No group has said it carried out this latest attack as yet.

The BBC’s M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says the Jamrud area is dominated by the Kukikhel branch of the Afridi tribe, who have organised a militia to fight a local faction of the Taliban.

Several militant groups fighting the government are active in Khyber region, which is close to the Afghan border.

Although the target of this attack has not been confirmed, one report suggests members of the anti-Taliban militia were in the vicinity when the blast took place.

Pakistan is a key US ally in the fight against militancy in the region and its army has carried out several offensives against militants in their tribal strongholds.

Correspondents say there has been recent media speculation about peace talks between elements of the Taliban and the Pakistani government. But militants denied such talks, saying they would take revenge if the army continued to carry out attacks against them.

On Monday, at least 10 paramilitary troops, who had been abducted late last year, were found shot dead in neighbouring Orakzai tribal region.

Courtesy & Input : Dawn | BBC | Reuters | AFP | Agencies.

Twenty One killed in a Check Post attack and firing on a Passenger Bus by Militants in Pakistan. Ten militants killed in encounter.

September 18, 2011

18 (Eighteen) pro-government tribesman & security forces AND 10 (Ten) militants were also reported to be killed in retaliatory fire by security forces. - Dawn File Photo

Eighteen killed as militants attack Khyber checkpost

Reuters || Sunday 18th September 2011 | Shawwal 19, 1432

PESHAWAR: At least eighteen people were killed when Taliban militants attacked a checkpost manned by pro-government tribesman and security forces in northwest Pakistan, officials said on Sunday.

Armed with assault rifles and hand grenades, the militants killed four ethnic Pashtun tribesmen and a paramilitary soldier in the late Saturday attack.

Members of a tribal militia and security forces retaliated, killing 10 militants, said a senior government official in the Khyber region near the Afghan border, where the incident took place.

“A large number of weapons from the militants were also confiscated,” said the official, Rehan Khattak.

Pakistan’s Taliban have stepped up attacks on Pashtun tribes who have raised militias to help security forces.

At least 40 people were killed and 68 wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a funeral of a member of a pro-government tribe in the northwestern Lower Dir district on Thursday.

Militants also claimed responsibility for an attack on a school bus on Tuesday which killed five people, saying the children on the bus were from a pro-government tribe.

The Taliban are also holding more than 20 young men hostage from a pro-government tribe in an area straddling the Afghan border and have demanded the release of scores of prisoners and an end to support of military offensives against them.

Pakistani authorities have been encouraging the Pashtun tribes to revive traditional militias to counter the growing number of militants fighting the Pakistani state.

Under a centuries-old tradition, the tribes raise the militias, or lashkars, in their semi-autonomous regions to fight criminal gangs and enforce their tribal codes.

Unidentified armed assailants opened fire on a passenger vehicle in Lower Kurram on Sunday, killing three people in the process. - Dawn File Photo.

Three killed in attack on passenger bus in lower Kurram

DawnNews | Sunday 18th September 2011 | Shawwal 19, 1432

PESHAWAR: Three people were killed on Sunday when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on a passenger bus in the Haider Khan area of lower Kurram Agency, DawnNews reported.

According to sources, the three men were traveling from Parachinar to Alizai when the armed attackers opened fire on their vehicle. Moreover, it was reported that all three of them were members of the Tori tribe belonging to the blockaded Parachinar region.

Another Attack : Tehreek-e-Taliban claim US Drone crush down at South Waziristan.

Courtesy : Reuters | Dawn | Agencies.