A senior member of a tribal militia was killed and ten others injured when militants attacked a post of the Khawaizai peace committee and set it ablaze after a gun battle in the Bayzai sub-division of Mohmand Agency.
A member of the political administration told The Express Tribune that the attack took place late Sunday night when a group of militants attacked the Khro Shah Kandao post, located at a hilltop near the main Atta Bazaar of Khawaizai.
“Samar Gul, an important leader of the peace committee, was killed while 10 others were wounded,” he said.
A resident of the area, on condition of anonymity, told The Express Tribune that “Samar Gul was a key commander of the committee, and was second on the militants’ target list after Fayaz Khan,” the leader of the tribal militia.
The injured were shifted to Agency Headquarters Hospital in Ghalanai. The medical superintendent at the hospital said that the injured were brought to the hospital for treatment late last night. He identified two of the injured as Azmat and Akhtar, saying that they are in a serious condition, while the others are out of danger.
Militant hideouts pounded
Meanwhile, helicopter gunships pounded militant hideouts in the Ali Sherzai area of central Kurram Agency, an area marred by sectarian violence for over a decade. Nine suspected Taliban member were killed and five others injured as a result of the shelling on Monday, claimed official sources.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 15th, 2012.