Islamists Murder Two Anti-Taliban Leaders in Pakistan’s Northwest Tribal Region
Afghan men walk out of Panjshir government building after an insurgent attack in Panjshir province May 29, 2013. Six Taliban insurgents, some wearing suicide vests, attacked the governor’s compound in Afghanistan’s fiercely anti-Taliban Panjshir valley on Wednesday morning, killing one policeman, officials say. (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)
Pro-Taliban Islamists killed two anti-Taliban leaders near Khar late Thursday. Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Press TV reported:
Heavily-armed militants have shot and killed at least two anti-Taliban militia chiefs in Pakistan’s troubled northwest tribal region, security officials say.
Local security officials said on Friday the pair were killed when about a dozen pro-Taliban militants armed with guns and rockets attacked their homes near Khar, the main town in Bajaur, late Thursday.
Several people, including two policemen, were injured in the deadly attack across the lawless region.
Security sources said the attackers managed to flee the scene before the tribal policemen cordoned off the area.
Medical sources said the death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are reported to be in critical condition.
Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted the leaders for leading armed resistance against militant groups in the troubled region.
The leaders had played a major role in setting up the Lashkar (militia) to drive pro-Taliban militants out of restive northwestern Swat valley and its adjacent areas in 2009.
And, two more moderates bite the dust.