Missing the bus: Militants abduct seven soldiers

Published: January 3, 2013
Militants stopped the bus and abducted the soldiers, but chose to let a sweeper go. PHOTO: FILE

Militants stopped the bus and abducted the soldiers, but chose to let a sweeper go. PHOTO: FILE


Just days after militants abducted and later killed 21 Levies forces, armed militants, reportedly wearing military colours have abducted another seven soldiers near Jand, in Punjab, military officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

Military official said that the officials were travelling via bus from Rawalpindi to their stations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They led off seven soldiers but let go a sweeper who was travelling with them.

The gunmen were wearing military uniforms, other sources said.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility by the Taliban, who do maintain forces in the area.

Last week the Taliban kidnapped 23 pro-government Levies forces following raids on at least three check posts. Of them, the Taliban executed 21. One man escaped and another was badly wounded – he later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 3rd, 2013.


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Reader Comments (5)

  • Randomstranger
    Jan 3, 2013 - 1:55PM

    R.I.P in advance. PTI…I meant TTP, have a no-prisoner policy.
    Don’t censor my comment tribune. Be democratic.


  • Mirza
    Jan 4, 2013 - 10:15AM

    This is not abduction. These peaceful jihadi cannot do that to their Muslim brothers. They might have “invited” them for brotherly negotiation for their peaceful demands according to rightwing political parties.


  • ali
    Jan 4, 2013 - 1:05PM

    Now PTI can come forward and help with the negotiation!! Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 4, 2013 - 2:31PM

    This looks terrible for our security establishment………wonder if the top brass are even concerned ?


  • Jan 4, 2013 - 9:17PM

    First and foremost, we pray for the safety of these soldiers. We can only imagine the pain their friends and families are dealing with at the moment. Pakistan continues to face the wrath of homegrown militancy. These terrorists continue to push their dangerous agenda forward through these acts of terror. We fully support the great nation of Pakistan in its war against the extremist and violent organizations. Our partnership remains vital to negating the threat that continues to haunt the region in the form of terrorism. We remain confident of achieving our peace objectives through shared cooperation.

    Ali Khan,
    DET, United States Central Command


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