Security forces kill seven militants in Lower Orakzai. PHOTO: FILE/APP
Eight people were killed and five wounded Friday when gunmen opened fire on two vehicles carrying Shiite Muslims in Pakistan's lawless tribal region in suspected sectarian violence, officials said.
The vehicles were ambushed in Bagan town of Kurram district, near the Afghan border, and the victims "were all Shiite Muslims", a security official said.
The area has a history of sectarian clashes between Pakistan's majority Sunni Muslims and minority Shiites.
Local administration official Fazal Hussain told AFP the Shiites in a three-vehicle caravan were heading from the northwestern city of Parachinar to Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
"The attackers came in two vehicles. They opened fire and fled, leaving eight people dead, including a woman and a child," he said.
Security forces kill 7 in Lower Orakzai
Security forces on Friday targeted militant hideouts and killed seven suspected terrorists in Upper Orakzai Agency.
The forces attacked militant hideouts in Shakartangi, Ghaljo and Mamezai areas of the agency, destroying two of them.
In continuing operations to restore law and order in the region, security forces also arrested several militants.
Militants blow up girls' schools
Unidentified militants blew up two girls' primary schools in Khyber Agency on the same day.
The militants targeted Hukum Khan Girls' School and Azam Khel Primary School with explosives in the Landi Kotal area.
The school buildings were completely destroyed however no casualties were reported in the incidents.
Militants have often targeted schools in the region, 16 of which have been in Landi Kotal alone. A total of 45 schools have been destroyed in Khyber Agency.
Militants arrested in Lower Dir
Security forces rounded up 140 suspects during a search operation in various areas of Lower Dir.
DPO Lower Dir Saleem Marwat said that a mobile van of the security forces was targeted by the unidentified attackers during the operation.
In a remote control blast, two security personnel were killed and two others were injured.
A First Investigation Report (FIR) was registered against the attackers at the Munda Police Station.