31 killed as militants attack checkpoint in Lakki Marwat

Published: February 2, 2013
A file photo of security personnel inspecting a burnt out police checkpost following an attack by armed militants last year. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of security personnel inspecting a burnt out police checkpost following an attack by armed militants last year. PHOTO: AFP

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Militants attacked an isolated army checkpoint in Lakki Marwat on Saturday, with at least 31 people killed in the initial assault, subsequent crossfire and a rocket attack on a house, officials said.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility, saying the attack was in response to a US drone strike in North Waziristan last month in which two commanders were killed.

Security sources said at least 12 militants and nine officials and civilians were killed in the clash. Two bodies had suicide bomb belts on them, an official said.

“Cross-firing between militants and security officials continued for four hours,” one source said.

The militants also targeted a house next to the camp with rockets, killing 10 members of one family, sources said.

“Pakistan has been co-operating with the US in its drone strikes that killed our two senior commanders, Faisal Khan and Toofani, and the attack on military camp was the revenge of their killing,” the TTP spokesman said.

He said four suicide bombers attacked the camp and blew themselves up. He said more than a dozen soldiers were killed.

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Reader Comments (49)

  • BlackJack
    Feb 2, 2013 - 1:27PM

    Tragic. But why is the US attacking the TTP, which I thought they were funding?


  • Indian
    Feb 2, 2013 - 1:32PM

    Very sad, as an Indian I will pray for Pakistan’s peace and prosperity (even though some Pakistanis might not be comfortable with Hindu prayers)


  • Haris Chaudhry
    Feb 2, 2013 - 1:51PM

    Was it the good-taliban or bad-taliban who carried this out ?

    When will the security forces, politicians, intelligence agencies and fence sitters (including common Pakistanis) wake up to the fact that we are fast resembling a failed sub-saharan state in Africa !

    These fascists murderers will not stop killing until there is no one left to kill ! Wait longer and they will come for you.


  • Mard-e-Haq
    Feb 2, 2013 - 1:58PM

    Each day brings a new jihad in Pakistan


  • Salman Nisar
    Feb 2, 2013 - 2:06PM

    its time to decide:

    Either get ready to be killed and come in news some day
    Kill All these taliban rascal once for all..START A FULL FLEGEDGE CLEAN SWEEP ARMY OPERATION PLZZZ


  • Mustafa alvi
    Feb 2, 2013 - 2:11PM

    @Indian: A prayer is a prayer. These extremist might me uncomfartable with all of this but please dont mistake all of us for being like that because we are not.


  • Ali Khan
    Feb 2, 2013 - 2:36PM

    Very sad, as an Indian I will pray for Pakistan’s peace and prosperity (even though some Pakistanis might not be comfortable with Hindu prayers)

    We dot need aneye thing from aneye indian pls
    Keep it for selves.


  • Saeed
    Feb 2, 2013 - 2:37PM

    Where is the commander in chief? London, Paris, Dubai???


  • Jat
    Feb 2, 2013 - 2:54PM

    and the Pakistani Napoleons are planning their new “conquest” !


  • Feb 2, 2013 - 2:57PM

    Looks like 2013 will be an interesting year for the fight against terrorism.


  • Pakistani
    Feb 2, 2013 - 2:57PM

    @Indian : no sir prayers are always meant with clean intentions and i acknowledge ur prayer and hope for the best for u too..thank you for showing care..it gives us hope to keep standing for peace and unity:)


  • Jat
    Feb 2, 2013 - 3:02PM

    @Saeed: Why don’t you ask where is the Army and the Army Chief ?


  • Shah
    Feb 2, 2013 - 3:02PM

    a peon boy where i work belongs to KPK said military started killing his people long ago consequently these groups came into existence and just like Afghanistan where taliban has local support so does TTP in kpk


  • Prashant Singh
    Feb 2, 2013 - 3:03PM

    Extremely sad and horrific incident. May their souls rest in peace. May Almighty give some “sense” to these people. By the way all this was started by General Zia to bleed India but now it is turning on to the Pakistan. Probably the only solution to this is the realization by Pakistani brothers is that India is not their enemy but their cultural brother and above all we (Indians and Pakistanis) share the same blood and ancestors. The sooner the better.


  • Jat
    Feb 2, 2013 - 3:13PM

    @Pakistani: You still have hope ? Can you please explain the possible practical actions and circumstances on which you are basing your hopes upon ? What will be done, and by whom, to improve things in your country ?


  • Queen
    Feb 2, 2013 - 3:23PM

    @Prashant Singh:
    Thank you. Good to see someone nice comments. There is a need to understand that Pakistanis are victim of terrorism but we are fighting back and we will continue to fight till the complete elimination of this menace form our country.


  • Gen pasha retd
    Feb 2, 2013 - 3:43PM

    @Haris Chaudhry: The only good Taliban is a dead Taliban


  • bangali
    Feb 2, 2013 - 3:43PM

    pakistan is safe for cricket.


  • Mithun Chakraborty
    Feb 2, 2013 - 3:52PM

    My Sincere Heart Felt Condolences for the Families of the Slain,

    Whoever It may be A Muslim,Hindu, christian, Jew, Shia or Ahmedi all have Families Some will have Wife, Kids, Mothers, Sisters Brothers who will feel the PAIN of Loss.

    Stop this Madness and be real men.

    Killing will never WIN any Hearts.


  • Saeed
    Feb 2, 2013 - 3:56PM

    @Jat: fighting an insidious enemy on the eastern front and the Taliban on the western. It seems that by casting aspersions on our army your intentions are to abdicate all responsibility of the corrupt and incompetent politicians and the so called rulers. If that is the objective I suggest we beg them to take over once again, at least they can’t make matters any worse.


  • Ali Asghar
    Feb 2, 2013 - 4:01PM

    TTP has given this motive only to show world that they are victimized by drone strikes. although the truth is reverse. They are funded by US . In this war the only loser is Pakistan i guess.


  • Nobody
    Feb 2, 2013 - 4:08PM

    @Ali Khan:
    Please change that ‘WE’ to an ‘I’ and do NOT speak for all Pakistanis. As someone else also said, a prayer is a prayer and I will gladly accept anyone’s prayers or well wishes. Keep your nastiness to yourself.


  • Nobody
    Feb 2, 2013 - 4:14PM

    Nasty people like you can’t help but spread the ‘love’ can ya… You took a harmless comment and ran amok with it. That, too, in a situation that frankly doesn’t involve you in any way. Pointless. Kindly point your hatred and disdain somewhere else please.


  • FJ
    Feb 2, 2013 - 4:16PM

    ‘The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility, saying the attack was in response to a US drone strike in North Waziristan last month in which two commanders were killed.’

    Looking at above statement atleast one thing is clear – Drones are targeting TTP hyenas!!! Go drone go


  • Feb 2, 2013 - 4:19PM

    After the assassination of Bashir Ahmad Bilour both the ANP and MQM leadership tried their level best to convince the leadership of mainstream political parties and religious political parties to unite and work out a national policy for curbing the menace of terror. But the mute response to ANP,S proposal of All Parties conference compelled its leadership to abandon their hope for the permanent solution to the scourge of terrorism. The statement Amir Haider Khan Hoti , KPK Chief Minister and articulation of the provincial governments changed stance on this issue by Mian Iftikhar Hussain, KPK Information Minister the other day is clear manifestation of this grim reality.


  • Diggvijay Singh
    Feb 2, 2013 - 5:15PM

    My prayers are with ordinary Pakistanis. There is no doubt your country is going through perhaps its worst times. May the extremists lose this war and peace wins.


  • salarmaiwand
    Feb 2, 2013 - 5:55PM

    Should it not be the lead story. at least it is more important than the cricket match. or is it that some lives do not matter.


  • Eddie dex
    Feb 2, 2013 - 6:20PM

    @ Ali Asgard

    You should realize by now that the TTP is not funded by the US…that is just a lie circulated by the Taliban supporters in Pakistan…the US is trying to kill these Taliban animals for the good of Pakistan and the US…it is the enemy within Pakistan who is funding the TTP not the west…


  • Feb 2, 2013 - 6:28PM

    My Sincere Heart Felt Condolences for the Families of the Slain. TTP says it is revenge, How funny Americans kill 2 terrorist commanders and they kill thousands every day in Pakistan and not in America. The saddest part is that we are still engrossed in GOOD taliban and BAD taliban. When will the army come out of this syndrome.


  • Nadir
    Feb 2, 2013 - 6:28PM

    We must uncover RAW-CIA-Mossad nexus


  • Nand
    Feb 2, 2013 - 7:09PM

    Good work by RAW-CIA-Mossad nexus.Recommend

  • QC
    Feb 2, 2013 - 7:15PM

    Accepting the truth is half a battle won.


  • Mehsud
    Feb 2, 2013 - 7:50PM

    Pakistani secular will learn the lesson of life the hard way… That’s a PromiseRecommend

  • sandeep limaye
    Feb 2, 2013 - 8:02PM

    imagine for a while — paksitani students are studying in indian universities —- paksitani skilled workers working in nook and corner of india—- paksitani patients are treated in indian hospitals—- pakistani businessmen are comming to india and doing business– pakistani tourist visiting india— pakistani players are playing in ipl and every indian league
    imagine for while — indian tourist are roaming in pakistan without fear— indian artist are performing in pakistan—-
    imagine for while — indian and pakistan army is working together to eliminate this rogues from the earth— and we are living as brothers
    imagine for a while —- imagination is free it caste nothing


  • Zahir
    Feb 2, 2013 - 8:27PM

    Don’t worry. Those Pakistanis don’t believe in anyone, including their fellow citizens or other Muslims. They are just a pathetic bunch of humanity. Your gesture is deeply appreciated.


  • Zahir
    Feb 2, 2013 - 8:31PM

    @Ali Khan:
    Shameful. You are the kind of person he is talking about. Are you suggesting all Indians and all of us pious beings? Don’t you ever look in the mirror?


  • Waseem Ahamd
    Feb 2, 2013 - 9:27PM

    @Haris Chaudhry:
    You are right. We are sitting like silent spectators and one day there would be no one left to be killed by these monsters. with each passing day these forces of darkness are getting strength.


  • janaan
    Feb 2, 2013 - 9:34PM

    i fail to understand stupid arguments in this forum, TTP being funded by US or any one else. the question is, WHAT THE HELL THE GOVT AND ARMY ARE DOING. IS THE MIL OPS WORTH THE BLOOD OF MORE INNOCENTS BEFORE WE DECIDE TO CARRY OUT THE DECISIVE MIL OPS.



  • gp65
    Feb 2, 2013 - 9:46PM

    Condolences for the families of the bereaved and wish the injured a speedy recovery.
    @Mustafa alvi:
    Ali Khan’s comment proves his concern was not without merit.
    @lala gee should respond to @BlackJack’s question. I am guessing based on his other posts that @nadir was being sarcastic.


  • Raj - USA
    Feb 2, 2013 - 10:14PM

    Now, look back and see what happened after the Abottabad raid. Zardari made the last attempt to wipe out terrorists from Pakistan with USA’s assistance and support. He promised unconditional support to USA. He also tried to save the Establishment by taking credit for the raid. Even at the cost of sounding a lier, he claimed that Pakistan provided valuable information and worked jointly with the US to eliminate OBL. Had the Establishment and Judiciary supported him instead of going after him, it would have been a good turning point. This was not long ago. The problem is that, even today, the army is supporting some factions of the terrorists in the hope that they shall control Afghanistan through them. The civilian government is careful as they know that the army has not abandoned their hope to rule Pakistan again. Everyone is confused and careful because they do not know the intentions of the others.

    If Pakistan is not able to wipe out the terrorists from both Pakistan and Afghanistan before the US leaves the region, it would be disastrous for Pakistan.


  • Basit
    Feb 3, 2013 - 2:38AM

    You can discretely fund and attack someone at the same time. For the US, TTP are just collateral damage.


  • tutupe
    Feb 3, 2013 - 9:02AM

    Pakistani army should immediately stop co operating with American army and help tribals in their fight against terrorism.


  • John B
    Feb 3, 2013 - 10:13AM

    And still PAK thinks that the threat is in the east and from drones and Abattobad visit?

    The first and last casualties of Islamic extremism are the Muslim countries since others see it very clearly where it is leading into.

    TTP agenda has nothing to do with AFG or US. Their only agenda is sharia land as it was in AFG and they are not going to rest until they get what they want or until they are wiped out.

    PAK is an easy target for TTP achievement because of many local sympathizers and strategic retired military commanders in TTP subsidiary wings.


  • Shaikhchalli
    Feb 3, 2013 - 10:14AM

    @sandeep limaye:

    You wrote my thoughts.


  • Enlightened
    Feb 3, 2013 - 10:24AM

    The military’s top brass are relaxing in their centrally air-conditioned posh bunglows whereas their men and civilians are dying at posts and streets respectively. However, nobody in Pakistan dare ask them of such gross indifference when there is state of anarchy in the whole country.


  • Murali
    Feb 3, 2013 - 12:51PM

    Hope wisdom prevails and no one sheds blood.
    Human life is worth more than this love less acrocities for sure.
    May Allah bless heven to the departed.

    Lastly i don’t understand why should innocent pakistanis pay with their lives while those gun wielding hard cores have grudge against America.
    If they are really powerful, their ability shall be tested against those who drone them.


  • Murali
    Feb 3, 2013 - 1:12PM

    You appear to be well informed and knowledge over situation my friend.
    Aren’t you duty bound to help your own people from hole?
    Pl do something whatever you are capable of.
    Long live Pakistan.

    I make this appeal so as to save my countrymen.
    I hope we also will be better when you are doing fine.


  • Murali
    Feb 3, 2013 - 1:17PM

    Thanks for the benevolent gesture.
    I hope hatred gives way to affection.


  • Feb 4, 2013 - 5:03PM

    @Nadir: It will be good for you and the country if you will open your eyes in the world of reality rather than grope in a world of imaginary conspiracies.


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