Militants attack Mohmand Agency, six people killed

Over 70 armed militants attack houses of local peace committee members.

Afp June 20, 2011

MOHMAND AGENCY: Dozens of militants attacked the homes of two tribal elders, killing six people in Mohmand Agency, officials said Monday.

The attack in Ziarat Masood village of the district came a day after Pakistani war planes bombed a militant stronghold in the region.

"A group of militants attacked houses of Malik Ghazi Khan and Malik Ghulab Khan, who were also members of a local peace committee, killing six people and wounding four others," local administration official Zabit Khan told AFP.

He said the militants, said to number up to 70 and armed with rockets, hand grenades and Kalashnikov rifles attacked the two houses late Sunday.

"Those killed in the attack also included close relatives including sons of the two tribal elders," he said.

Of the two elders, Malik Ghazi Khan sustained injuries while Malik Ghulab Khan was not present at the time of attack.

Another local official confirmed the casualties and said "the attack might be a reaction to the ongoing military operation in Mohmand".

Pakistani troops launched an air and ground operation to evict militants from the stronghold of Walidad in Mohmand on Saturday, killing 25 rebels.

Since US Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last month, American officials have been increasing pressure on Islamabad to launch an offensive in the North Waziristan district to destroy militant sanctuaries.

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