PARACHINAR: Armed militants snatched a vehicle carrying 7,000 chickens after manhandling the driver and his helper in the Bagan Parao area in lower tehsil of Kurram Agency on Sunday, local sources said.
The sources said the poultry was being shifted from Peshawar to Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram Agency, when the armed militants intercepted and snatched the vehicle at gunpoint.
The sources added the heavily armed militants manhandled the driver and his co-worker and forced them to go away. Earlier on January 4, the militants attacked a convoy escorted by the security forces and burnt 22 loaded trucks.
Travel on the Thall-Partachinar Road has been risky for the last more than three years due to presence of militants operating in the area. The militants have been abducting people for ransom and even killing them. The government has been unsuccessful in opening the road for passengers as even convoys escorted by the security forces have been attacked.
|Severe cold increases children, elders' diseases in Kurram Agency|
|Upadated on: 16 Jan 11 09:19 PM|
KURRAM AGENCY: The ongoing severe cold row has increased children and elder people's diseases in Kurram Agency of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, SAMAA reported on Sunday.
Every year during winter season, severe cold engulfs Kurram Agency and cold caused many diseases mount in the area. The children and elder people are specially troubled by these diseases.
This year again, the severe dry cold has increased, more than usual, diseases amongst the children and senior people; these diseases and deteriorated security situation along with the closure of roads have multiplied miseries of the tribal people to many folds.
The local doctors have said that it is normal routine that every year during the winter season many diseases increase but this year the intensity of diseases' spreading is more than the usual.
The tribes of Kurram Agencies have demanded the government to provide free treatment, medicines and basic facilities to their patients as they are unable to bear the difficulties caused by the diseases and lack of facilities in the local hospitals. SAMAA