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September 26, 2013
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Militants attack under-construction dam in Mohmand

September 26, 2013

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GHALLANAI: The under-construction Gandao Dam in the Mohmand Agency was damaged when militants attacked it early Wednesday, sources said. The Gandao Dam is located in the southern mountains near the headquarters of Haleemzai tehsil. The militants also set ablaze vehicles, including two trucks, two excavators, three tractors and other machinery at the worksite.
Meanwhile, three persons were killed and six others sustained injuries in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack when they were travelling towards the dam.The sources said that a contractor Shakoor Khan, along with six labourers, was on way to the under-construction Gandao Dam when the IED went off.
Shakoor Khan, Itbar Khan and Ghani Rehman were killed on the spot while Shaukat Ali, Gul Ahmad, Abdussamad, Attaullah Shah, Abdul Hafeez and Muhammad Ayaz were injured in the blast.
The injured were shifted to the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Ghallanai where their condition was stated to be stable.There were also reports that two persons were kidnapped by the miscreants from the dam site.
Following the incident, officials of the political administration and security forces reached the spot and cordoned off the area. Some 11 suspected persons were arrested during a search operation.The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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