Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Minors, women among 6 killed in rocket attack


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

HANGU: Six people including three minors and two women were killed and 10 others sustained injuries Tuesday when suspected militants fired rockets from central tehsil of Kurram Agency at the troops' checkpoint in Torghundai village in Hangu district, local sources said.

The sources said the militants fired six rockets at the security forces checkpoint. One rocket hit the checkpoint of the forces set up inside the Government Primary School, while others struck houses of Hameed Gul and Sakhi Marjan in Torghundai village.

Six houses were damaged in the attack while three kids including eight-year old Fayyaz, Adnan aged 3, and Umar, 6, sons of one Abidur Rehman were killed on the spot. Two women — Asma wife of Sharif and Romana Bibi daughter of Munir Gul — were also killed in the incident, the sources added. 

The sources said another villager, Ilyas, was also killed in the incident. The wounded included Hameed Gul, Irfan, Abidur Rehman, Zubair, Noor Jahan, Nazia Bibi, Noreena Bibi and security forces personnel Hafiz Sajid.

There were unconfirmed reports that security forces retaliated by targeting the hideouts of militants in central tehsil of Kurram Agency with heavy artillery for more than an hour. Sources said eight militants were killed in the shelling and two of their hideouts destroyed. However, the claim could not be verified from independent sources