BARA: Seven soldiers and four militants were killed in fighting between banned Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and security forces while 13 bodies were found in different areas of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency, official and tribal sources said on Tuesday.
The sources said that dozens of militants of LI attacked the newly-established three security posts manned by personnel of Frontier Corps (FC), Pakistan Army and Khassadar Force in Arjaleen Adey, Machine Dhand and Mashomanu Adeera in Shalobar area of Bara late Monday night.
The fight between the two sides lasted for four hours that resulted in the killing of five personnel of FC and Pakistan Army, the sources said, adding, 28 security forces personnel sustained injuries. Two injured members of Khassadar Force named Munawar and Rahim succumbed to injuries on way to hospital.
They said the injured cops included 15 members of Khassadar Force while 11 belonged to military and para-military forces, who were admitted to Combined Military Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar.
A senior security official said that four security forces personnel and four militants were killed in the clash. He said five militants were critically injured in the fighting.A militant commander, who wished not be named, claimed that they had attacked a check post built in empty house in Machine Dhand area where they beheaded three security forces personnel.
Talking to reporters, LI spokesman Abu Rasheed Lashkari claimed to have abducted four personnel of security forces and denied the killing of their associates in the exchange of fire.
Following the attack, the security forces shelled the suspected positions of militants in different areas of Bara from nearby bases. Two helicopters shelled the suspected hideouts of militants in Shalobar and Nala area but no casualties were reported. The sources said that dozens of suspected persons were also arrested by security forces in Sepah and Shalobar area of Bara on Tuesday.
Political Agent Khyber Agency Mutahir Zeb announced Rs2 million for each dead member of Khassadar Force and Rs1 million and Rs50,000 each for critical and minor injured, respectively.
Meanwhile, 13 bullet-riddled bodies of local people belonging to three families were found in Alamgudar and Dogra areas of Bara populated by Sepah Afridi tribe. Some of the dead were identified as Gul Jamal, Jamal, Alamgir, Jahangir, Mahir, Umar Gul, Attaq, Mughal Baaz, Wali Khan and Rahim. No group or individual claimed responsibility for the killings. Some reports said that 18 bodies were laying on ground in the aforementioned areas which could not be verified from the local sources.