Friday, October 10, 2008

Seven Taliban, one tribesman killed in Kurram clashes

Seven Taliban, one tribesman killed in Kurram clashes

MINGORA/PARACHINAR: At least 21 Taliban were killed in airstrikes on their hideouts in Ghat Peochar and Landai Sarshur areas in the restive Swat district, a military spokesman said on Thursday.

“Twenty-one Taliban were killed in bombing by jet aircraft on Ghat Peochar,” Col Nadeem told Daily Times. 

He added that several suspected Taliban hideouts were also destroyed in the strikes. However, Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan denied the military’s claims.

He said the jets fired around 20 bombs, with one of them hitting a primary school. Khan said that three bombs hit several houses, but no loss of life was reported.

Meanwhile, six members of a family were killed in Darmai area of Matta tehsil as a shell fired by security forces accidentally hit the house of a local, identified as Wazirzada.

The dead include two women, three children and a male member of the family.

Kurram clashes: At least eight persons were killed when local tribesmen and security forces clashed with the Taliban in Kurram Agency on Thursday.

According to the political administration, the dead include seven Taliban and a local tribesman. The clashes began when the Taliban attacked Ali Zai village in Lower Kurram Agency.

Security forces and a lashkar of the Toori tribe retaliated, killing six Taliban. A tribesman was also killed in the clash.

Earlier, the Taliban attacked Pewar village late on Wednesday night, however, security forces and a local lashkar killed one of the attackers in the clash.

Meanwhile, telecommunication services have been resumed in the area after a month-long suspension. The services were disrupted after unidentified men blew up a telephone exchange in Sadda a month ago. 

staff report/app

Daily Times.

Friday, October 10, 2008

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