DERA ISMAIL KHAN:
Three intelligence operatives were killed and another was injured when suspected militants ambushed their vehicle in Bannu district on Wednesday.
Sources said that the incident took place near the semi-tribal Frontier Region Jani Khel, when suspected militants opened fire on a double-cabin pick-up, which was on its way to the Bakkakhel area.
The deceased were later identified as Yasin Khan, Rasta Baz and Shah Fayyaz, while the injured was identified as Hidyatullah. One of the dead was the driver of the vehicle, sources said.
A local official told The Express Tribune there were two attackers who were riding on a motorcycle.
Security sources in Peshawar said that the attack took place in the Nurar area at around 8 am. The official said that two persons were killed and two others were injured in the attack.
He said that the deceased were civilians and one of them was the vehicle’s driver and other was a local informant, adding that the two intelligence operatives were critically injured. The dead and injured were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital in Bannu.
Separately, dead bodies of two suspected militants were recovered from the southern Lakki Marwat district of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa late on Tuesday, sources said.
The bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from the Paharkhel area, some eight kilometers from Lakki Marwat.
The bodies were later shifted to a hospital in Lakki Marwat. A leaflet found attached with the bodies said that both of them used to work for militants and whosoever will work for them will meet the same fate.
Sources said that a white shroud was wrapped around both bodies and their names were inscribed over it, identifying them as Rizwan and Saadullah. The bodies were later handed over to their families after post-mortem examination.
Meanwhile, a purported spokesperson of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan called reporters in Lakki Marwat and said that the men were their members who had been taken into custody by security forces.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 15th, 2011.