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January 7, 2012

Mullagoris mourn death of 15 FC men


January 7, 2012

PESHAWAR: Villagers in Mullagori area in Khyber Agency continued to mourn the death of the 15 Frontier Constabulary (FC) men who were kidnapped by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants last month and killed on Thursday.
All the slain men were from Painda Lalma village and belonged to the Mullagori tribe. Their bodies were transported to the village on Thursday after collective Nimaz-e-Janaza was offered for them at an official event at the FC offices in Peshawar’s Hayatabad town.
Relatives of the dead FC personnel had also reached there to take possession of the bodies. The FC men were overpowered when the TTP fighters led by Commander Asmatullah Shaheen stormed the FC Fort in Mullazai area in Frontier Region Tank in a night-time attack on December 23. They abducted the 15 FC personnel and later killed them.
The TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan claimed responsibility for the attack and said the FC men were killed to avenge the killing of 12 TTP fighters including Commander Qari Kamran in a recent military action in Karamna area of Khyber Agency. He threatened more such attacks and said the security forces must release the three women and some children arrested from the house where Qari Kamran and other militants were killed.
When the bodies of the slain soldiers reached the Mullagori area, the people including women and children wept inconsolably. Most of those approached for their comments were overcome by grief and didn’t want to talk.
After repeated requests, Tajid Khan, the brother of the slain FC soldier Rajid Khan said that the deceased was the lone breadwinner for his family. He said that he did not know what he will do with the children of his brother and his other family members as the family didn’t have any other source of income.
Another Mullagori tribesman, who requested anonymity, told The News that it was such a big tragedy that he had never seen something like this in his life. “I am 55 years of age and I have

never such pain as today. Our 15 families have lost their breadwinners. Still we take comfort from the thought that all of them sacrificed their lives for Pakistan,” he said.
However, there were also dissenting voices. Some Mullagori tribesmen wanted to know as to why the FC men were left on their own in a remote and poorly defended fort close to the South Waziristan tribal region.
“Our sons and brothers serving in the FC didn’t receive any help from anywhere when they came under attack. There were no reinforcements and they weren’t properly armed. An attack by the militants was always feared but no proper steps were taken to defend the fort in such a remote area,” said a Mullagori tribesman while requesting anonymity.

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