Two men from the Zakhakhel tribe were found dead in Bokar, Khyber Agency on Wednesday morning. Locals claim they were members of a militant group and died in a clash with another militant outfit.
According to a Khyber Agency political administration official, residents spotted the bullet-riddled bodies in Bokar, Zakhakhel Bazaar and informed the administration. The official added they rushed to the site and identified the dead as Aqeel and Baghi, members of the Zakhakhel tribe. The men had been shot dead and their remains were handed over to their families, he said.
The official added the political administration was not aware whether the deceased were affiliated with a militant group or not.
However, a resident requesting anonymity said Aqeel and Baghi belonged to Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and were killed in a clash with members of Tauheedul Islam (TI). He said four other members of LI were also missing after the clash and it is believed that they were captured by TI fighters.
Man found dead
The body of a 40-year-old man was found in Kheshgi, Nowshera on Wednesday morning. Nowshera Kalan SHO Nihar Ali said a passer-by spotted the body near Military Dairy Farm and informed the police.
According to Ali, the police arrived at the site and discovered that the man had been shot dead by assailants who remain unidentified.
The deceased was shifted to District Headquarters Hospital Nowshera for an autopsy. However, his identity could not been ascertained till the filing of this report.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2014.