DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A radio bomb killed a security official and his son in the South Waziristan tribal district on Friday – a day that also the recovery of bodies of two security personnel and abduction of a government official in the region.
“An official at the Wana Scouts camp, Asghar Ghulam, was killed in a bomb blast while two of his children were seriously injured,” political administration official Asghar Ghulam told The Express Tribune. “The explosive device was concealed in a radio set delivered to the official.”
Asghar’s two injured sons were ferried to Peshawar where one of them succumbed to his wounds at a hospital.
Separately, two decapitated bodies were found dumped near an inn in Wana bazaar, a political administration official said. A letter found near the body stated the men belonged to Frontier Constabulary Balochistan. Witnesses said the bodies were mutilated.
Haji Hussain Ahmad, a commander of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the killings in a phone call and said that the men were killed in a militant attack a few days back in Zhob area of Balochistan.
An assistant director at the agriculture department was kidnapped by gunmen in the Tanai area, some 20 km north of Wana.
“Ziaul Islam was travelling to Wana when gunmen stopped the vehicle and seized him,” a local government official told The Express Tribune. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the abduction no any ransom demand has been made either.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 24th, 2012.