Fearing suicide attack, Bajaur Agency on 'high alert'

Published: February 9, 2018
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Pakistani army troops patrol in Inayat Kalay in the Bajaur tribal region on the Afghan border February 28, 2009. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistani army troops patrol in Inayat Kalay in the Bajaur tribal region on the Afghan border February 28, 2009. PHOTO: REUTERS

SHABQADAR: A ‘high alert’ warning has been in effect in Bajaur Agency following reports of a possible suicide attacker’s entry into the agency.

The Bajaur Administration issued an alert of a suspected suicide bomber’s entrance and a sketch detailing a teenager, urging locals to stay vigilant and inform the security forces of any suspicious activity. A reward of one million has been announced for the informants.

Political administration in Bajaur and Mohmand agencies and Charsadda police officials have revised security arrangement at all entry and exit points.

A high-ranking official has urged forces to tighten security in districts of Mohmand and Malakand agencies that share a border with Afghanistan.

Seven die, many others injured in Bajaur Agency landslide

Bajaur agency has seen frequent violence. On Wednesday, a tribal elder was killed in an IED blast in Charmang area of Bajaur when his vehicle accidentally drove over a planted IED.

In November, police arrested five alleged militants of banned Tehreek Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from Shabqadar with heavy cache of explosive and ammunition. SHO Shabqadar Police Station Muhammad Arif told the media that the militants were planning an attack on vaccination teams during the on-going anti-polio drive in the area. Police displayed the recovered 40kg of explosive, seven mortar shells, three speaker magnets, two IEDs, 10 hand grenades, 13 detonators, and five remote control receivers with 20 meter of cord from the spot.

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