PESHAWAR: Four members of a local peace committee were killed in a shootout with militants from the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Islam in the Akakhel Darra area of Bara, Khyber Agency on Thursday.
The clash started early morning when the militants attacked members of the peace committee.
“The militants beheaded a member of the peace committee and took his head away,” said a resident on condition of anonymity.
“The shootout continued for quite some time, as a result of which four members were killed,” a source from within the Akakhel peace committee told The Express Tribune.
Meanwhile, security forces destroyed the house of a militant commander from the Lashkar-e-Islam, Sher Wali.
“The operation took place in Arjali Nadi area of Shlobar,” confirmed an official.
A curfew was imposed in Bara for almost three years after a rise in attacks claiming lives of a number of security personnel.
Security forces subsequently launched an offensive against militants, including Lashkar-e-Islam, in the area. Hundreds of families have fled their villages and have settled at the Jalozai camp located in Nowshera.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 11th, 2011.