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Woman among 4 killed, 3 injured in Kurram firing

Three persons in the passenger coach sustained injuries in the firing

By Ali Afzal & Iqbal Hussain & Syed Yasir Shah
January 08, 2024
Police personnel stand guard in this photo. —APP/File
Police personnel stand guard in this photo. —APP/File

SADDA/PARACHINAR/KOHAT: At least four persons, including a woman, were killed and three others sustained injuries in firing on a passenger coach and a taxi cab by unidentified terrorists near the Bypass Road in Sadda city of Kurram tribal district on Sunday.

Police officials said that both the vehicles were on their way to Peshawar from Parachinar when unidentified assailants equipped with automatic weapons targeted them near the Bypass Road in Sadda early in the day. They said that three persons, including a woman, travelling in the taxi and one person in the passenger coach, were killed on the spot.

Also, three persons in the passenger coach sustained injuries in the firing.

The police officials said the slain persons included Ghulam Mustafa of Shakargarh, Abdul Qadir of Peshawar, cabdriver Rahman Ali and Ruqia of Shangak.

The injured included Afzal of Nowshera, Najaf Ali of Shangak and a person from Umarkot. The police shifted the bodies and injured to hospital.

District Police Officer (DPO) Muhammad Imran said police rushed to the spot soon after the incident, cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to apprehend the assailants.

The local tribes of Turi Bangash have called an emergency meeting of jirga today to devise a plan of action about the attacks on passenger vehicles.

Former federal minister, Sajid Turi, condemned the attack and expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation.

He demanded the government to take strict steps to save the lives of innocent people. “The passenger vehicles have come under frequent attacks and the government should take measures on an emergency basis to provide security to the people,” he added.

Sajid Turi also demanded the authorities to bring the culprits behind the gruesome incidents to justice.

It may be mentioned that unknown miscreants have been targeting passenger vehicles and private cars with automatic weapons and pelting them with stones for the last several months. Several persons had been killed and injured in these attacks.