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June 25, 2014

47 more terrorists killed in Khyber, NWA

June 25, 2014

PESHAWAR: Forty-seven terrorists were killed and their 23 hideouts were destroyed in the security forces operation in Khyber and North Waziristan tribal agencies on Tuesday.A suicide bombing attempt on a security forces checkpost in North Waziristan was also foiled in which two soldiers and a civilian embraced martyrdom.
Despite announcing a ceasefire by the North Waziristan-based Taliban till the 10th day of upcoming Eidul Fitr, a suicide bomber driving an explosive-laden car attacked a checkpoint in the Spinwam area of the volatile tribal region, killing two paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and a tribesman.
Military authorities gave two different versions about the nature of the blast.Some military officials, soon after the attack, said that unknown people had parked an explosive-laden car in the parking area of the Civil Hospital in Spinwam, which is adjacent to an old fort housing personnel of the FC.
They said the blast caused damage to the FC fort and resulted in the death of two personnel and injuries to seven others. However, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) later issued a statement and said the soldiers at a roadside checkpoint asked a car to stop but when he didn’t obey, the troops opened fire on it.
According to the ISPR, a suicide bomber was driving an explosive-laden car and had planned to hit an important security installations in the same area.The suicide bomber blew himself up even before reaching the roadside checkpoint and killed three people, two of them FC personnel, and a civilian. Seven other FC men were reportedly injured in the blast.
According to tribal sources, the security forces later cordoned off the area and rescued the injured soldiers.Though the local administration had clamped a curfew in the entire tribal region, it was learnt after the suicide attack the government and military authorities had exempted the residents of four major residential towns including Garyoom, Razmak, Dosali and

Spinwam from displacement.
There was no curfew in Spinwam in Mir Ali subdivision, adjacent to Thall Tehsil in Hangu district, and that’s why the suicide bomber managed to travel on the Mir Ali-Thall Road and carry out suicide attack.
Meanwhile, Ansarul Mujahideen, a mysterious militant organisation believed to be operated by Arab fighters, claimed responsibility for the first suicide attack in North Waziristan following the military operation, Zarb-e-Azb, launched on June 15 against local and foreign militants.
Its spokesman, Abu Baseer said it was part of the Zarb-e-Momin operations announced by the North Waziristan-based Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadur in response to Zarb-e-Azb military operation of the government in North Waziristan.
Asked how did Ansarul Mujahideen justify starting attacks on the security forces when Hafiz Gul Bahadur himself had announced a ceasefire till the 10th day of Eidul Fitr, Abu Baseer argued that their responsibility was to assist the ‘Mujahideen’ in trouble but weren’t required to obey their personal decisions.“It’s the beginning our operations, see how do we react in future,” the spokesman threatened.
Taliban sources said Ansarul Mujahideen is the new name of another mysterious and dangerous militant organisation, Khurasan, that used to kidnap tribespeople and then ruthlessly kill them on charges of spying for the Pakistan Army and US military and passing on information to Americans on local and foreign militants to kill them through drone attacks in North Waziristan.
Sources said that its head is an Arab national and operates from North Waziristan. According to Taliban sources, Ansarul Mujahideen is having dozens of suicide bombers. However, like militants of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its associated militant groups, majority members of Ansarul Mujahideen had fled North Waziristan and established sanctuaries in new places.
Taliban close to Hafiz Gul Bahadur said that he had turned down when the TTP leader Maulana Fazlullah and his other commanders offered him their assistance in fighting against the Pakistan government.Meanwhile, after the suicide attack in Spinwam, military authorities said fighter jets pounded 11 ‘terrorists’ hideouts in Mir Ali subdivision and killed 27 terrorists on Tuesday afternoon.
Before the air strikes in Mir Ali, the ISPR in a statement said 20 terrorists were killed in early morning air strikes on their hideouts in Khyber Agency. It said 12 hideouts of the terrorists were destroyed in the air strikes in Jamrud subdivision of Khyber Agency.
On the other hand, the Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) had registered 454,207 people (36,514 families) displaced from North Waziristan as a result of military operation Out of them, only 18 families had agreed to go to the so-called relief camp the government established for them at a remote and insecure area of Saidgai, located close to North Waziristan’s Mir Ali area.
The lack of basic facilities and its proximity to the volatile tribal region is a major reason the IDPs are reluctant to go there. Even media people and non-government organisations (NGOs) who wanted to help the displaced families are not allowed to go to the camp.
Military officials said three ration distribution points had been established for the IDPs in Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Tank districts.They said distribution of 4,473 tons of ration for 40,000 families would start from today (Wednesday).
Our Landikotal correspondent adds: At least 20 suspected militants were killed when jetfighters bombed their hideouts in Tirah valley in Khyber Agency, officials said.
However, the local people said six members of a family, including women and children, were also among the dead.
The ISPR said in a statement that the jetfighters started targeting the hideouts of the militants at around 6:00am in Sverai, Wachy Wany, Tor Darra, Seekh Kot, Sray Khawrey, Serai and surrounding areas in the remote Tirah valley.
However, Kukikhel tribesmen in the area said six members of the family of one Khan Wali were also killed in the bombardment. The dead included three sons, two daughters and wife of Khan Wali. They were laid to rest in Kukikhel area in Tirah.
Meanwhile, a member of the government’s Khassadar force identified as Khan was critically wounded when two persons riding a motorcycle opened fire at him in Shahkas area in Jamrud. The accused fled the scene after committing the crime.The injured man was rushed to Civil Hospital in Jamrud for treatment.

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