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January 2, 2013

Three killed in NWA blast, shelling

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Web Desk
January 2, 2013

MIRANSHAH: Three persons, including a worker of the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) and two local villagers, were killed and 13 others sustained injuries in a blast and subsequent shelling by the Pakistan Army gunship helicopters and long-range artillery guns in North Waziristan Agency, on Tuesday.
Official sources said the first incident took place on Miranshah-Ghulam Khan road where unknown people had planted an improvised explosive device (IED) to target the FWO workers engaged in the construction of the Bannu-Ghulam Khan road.One employee of FWO was killed and five others were injured in the blast, the sourcessaid. The local administration immediately clamped curfew in the entire North Waziristan for an indefinite period and urged local people to stay indoors.
The security forces later started heavy artillery shelling and targetted the nearby villages including Kharwanai, Machis Camp, Tollkhel and Miranshah Bypass road.Besides using artillery guns and tanks, two gunship helicopters were also flown to attack targets in the Machis Camp, Kharwanai and Tollkhel village.
Two persons, one of them an eight-year-old boy, were killed and nine others, including children and women, were injured.Some of the injured were taken to the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Miranshah where an emergency was declared to deal with the injured people. However, a number of tribesmen complained they could not shift the injured people to hospital due to curfew in the whole of North Waziristan.
Maulvi Gul Ramazan, member of North Waziristan tribal jirga, said the military authorities had told him to ask the tribesmen to shift their injured people to the hospital and vacate their villages within an hour.However, he said when he told the local Taliban led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur about it, they rejected the offer and blamed the military for targetting innocent people.
He said the Taliban complained that unknown people had attacked the FWO workers in one place but the military

started targeting residential areas in a different place. The Taliban said the people of North Waziristan were loyal to the state and its institutions but such indiscriminate shelling by the security forces on their houses would annoy them and prompt them to take retaliatory action.