BARA: Two volunteers of peace militia Tauheed-ul-Islam (TI) were killed in a roadside remote-controlled bomb blast in Ziauddin area of Bara, subdivision of Khyber Agency, on Thursday.
According to a political administration official, two members of TI were patrolling the area on a motorbike when the explosion occurred, killing both of them on the spot.
The militia was established by Zakha Khel, a sub-clan of the Afridis, to fight against insurgents in Bara. The group was especially promoted to fight banned group Lashkar-e-Islam led by Mangal Bagh, the official said.
Meanwhile, unidentified militants destroyed a boys’ primary school run by the government in Akka Khel, Bara. According to the political administration, more than 85 schools have been destroyed in Khyber Agency so far.
“Suspected militants planted a bomb inside one of the classrooms which totally devastated the building. Three classrooms were already destroyed in the explosion that occurred last year, while the room that sustained the impact of the last blast was destroyed this time,” an official said.
There were no casualties reported as the school is closed for summer vacations as well as the ongoing military operation in the area. Most of the residents of Akka Khel are now living in Jalozai camp for Internally Displaced Persons. “Schools have been set up in tents inside the Jalozai camp for students to continue their studies,” he added.
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