Pakistan's Descent into Chaos: Terrorist & Drone Attacks

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    The following thread is intended to chronicle incidents of terrorism in Pakistan. Requesting moderators to move all related posts in other threads here, and members' contributions with regular updates on the same.

    Thread is neither intended to be comprehensive, historical nor is it intended to discuss in great detail specific acts of terrorism or instances of violence in Pakistan. In the event of an incident eliciting substantial further discussion, I request members to open a separate thread on the specific event to analyze it in depth.

    Major, catastrophic events the likes of the recent Lahore attacks on the SriLankan cricket team or the Islamabad siege or events evincing considerable follow-up in the form of news updates, op-eds, etc. will automatically be started in a new thread.

    EDIT: To give this thread a uniform approach, and to aid in a chronological compendium, I would request posters here to highlight and embolden the title of the news report in a font larger than that of the body of the text, and to not forget to insert the date of the said report as well.

    Appreciate members' cooperation in this regard.

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    Blast in DI Khan mosque injures many

    Updated at: 1840 PST, Thursday, March 05, 2009

    DI KHAN: Several persons are reported injured in a blast in a mosque near Nizam Gah Gate on Thursday.

    Unknown persons hurled explosives into Masjid Amir Hamza during Maghrib prayers.


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    Ten injured in DI Khan blast

    Updated at: 1855 PST, Thursday, March 05, 2009

    DI KHAN: Ten people were injured in a grenade blast in a mosque near Nizam Gah Gate on Thursday.

    According to sources, unknown persons hurled a hand grenade into Masjid Amir Hamza during Maghrib prayers.

    The injured have been shifted to district hospital.


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    DI Khan blast injures 21

    Updated at: 1905 PST, Thursday, March 05, 2009

    DI KHAN: Twenty-one people were injured in a grenade attack at a mosque near Nizam Gah Gate on Thursday.

    According to sources, unknown persons hurled a hand grenade into Masjid Amir Hamza during Maghrib prayers which went off with a blast, wounding 21 faithfuls.

    The injured have been shifted to district hospital.


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    Reporting: Friday, March 06, 2009


    Militants blow up gas line in Quetta

    March 06, 2009


    QUETTA: Gas supply to a large number of consumers was suspended after unidentified men blew up a gas pipeline in Kirani area on Thursday, local police said. According to the police, militants blew up a 4-inch (in diameter) gas pipeline by planting explosives in Kirani, suspending gas supply to over 1,000 households in the area. Sui Southern Gas Company sources said teams consisting of engineers had been engaged to repair the damaged pipeline for early restoration of gas supply. Police have registered a case and started investigation. app


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    Taliban blow up music shops

    March 06, 2009

    PESHAWAR: Taliban blew up 16 shops selling DVDs in Takhtbai tehsil of Mardan district, police said on Thursday. “An improvised explosive device planted in a market selling DVDs in Takhtbhai town blew up 16 shops overnight,” a police official said, blaming the Taliban. There were no casualties, he added.

    Meanwhile, in Peshawar, the Taliban fired at least 20 mortar rounds, which landed in open spaces late on Wednesday. “They tried to hit a police station and other buildings but the rockets missed the targets and landed in open spaces on the outskirts of Peshawar,” a local police official said. agencies


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    Suicide car bomber kills seven policemen in Peshawar

    A suicide car bomber ordered to stop his vehicle detonated it instead at a road block in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing seven police officers and wounding several others, a senior police official said.

    The bombing underscored the challenge facing Pakistan in rooting out Al-Qaeda, Taliban and other militants who are based in its northwest and believed involved in assaults on US troops across the border in Afghanistan.

    The Saturday morning explosion occurred in an area on the outskirts of the main northwest city of Peshawar, senior police official Safwat Ghayur.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Story...+car+bomber+kills+seven+policemen+in+Peshawar
     
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    Bombings kill 11 in Pakistan amid political feuds

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb-laden car exploded Saturday in northwest Pakistan as police tried to pull a body from it, authorities said, killing eight people amid growing international concern over the nuclear-armed country's stability.

    The blast came days after gunmen brazenly attacked Sri Lanka's cricket team in eastern Pakistan and preceded planned anti-government rallies involving the main opposition party, whose leader was recently barred from elected office.

    The deepening political turmoil concerns U.S. and other Western officials who need Pakistan to focus on fighting militants. Al-Qaida and Taliban fighters are believed to use pockets of Pakistan's northwest as bases to plan attacks on U.S. and NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan, as well as against government and civilian targets in Pakistan itself.

    British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Friday it was "vital" for Pakistani politicians to stop feuding and "unite against the mortal threat that Pakistan faces, which is a threat from its internal enemies."

    Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants have staged numerous attacks against security forces near the Afghan border, including a roadside bomb that killed three civilians and wounded four troops Saturday in the town of Darra Adam Khel. Still, the strike that killed seven policemen and a bystander near the main northwest city of Peshawar appeared to be the first to use a body as a lure.

    Local police chief Rahim Shah said his men went to the Badaber area after an unknown caller told them a body was in a parked car. Residents and police recently evicted militants from the area, prompting threats of retaliation.

    "They found the white car. They also saw a body inside, but when they were pulling it out, the car bomb went off," Shah said, calling the setup a "new technique."

    Pakistan recently claimed victory in an offensive against militants in Bajur, one of the nearby tribal regions overlooking the Afghan frontier. Officials also say they are close to flushing militants from the adjacent Mohmand tribal area.

    At the same time, Pakistan also has raised alarm bells in the West by engaging in peace talks with Taliban militants and agreeing to impose Islamic law in the nearby Swat region.

    The rest of the country has not been immune from violence, as demonstrated by Tuesday's attack on the cricket team in Lahore. Heavily armed gunmen killed six police and a driver and wounded several players before fleeing unscathed.

    The assault bore some resemblance to November's terrorist rampage in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai. The Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba has been blamed for that attack, in which 164 people were killed.

    The group's chief spokesman, Abdullah Ghaznavi, on Saturday denied it was involved in the attack on the Sri Lankans. He blamed Indian spies, but offered no evidence to back that up.

    "We consider it an attack on Pakistan," he told The Associated Press.

    The group also denies involvement in the Mumbai attacks, which spurred outrage in longtime rival India.

    Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram declared Friday that Pakistan could become a failed state and raised doubts about who was in charge in the Muslim-majority nation, according to a news report.

    "In Pakistan, with regret, I would say we don't know who is in control there — whether it is the army or the president or the government," the Press Trust of India news agency quoted Chidambaram as saying at a seminar. "It is not a failed state, but it is threatening to become one."

    The Sri Lankans were attacked in Punjab province, stronghold of Pakistani opposition leader Nawaz Sharif.

    The federal government recently dismissed the provincial government, led by Sharif's brother, after a court disqualified the Sharifs from elected office.

    Their party intends to participate in a massive march on the capital in the coming week organized by lawyers calling for an independent judiciary.

    An exceptional show of strength could hamper support for the federal ruling party, which is a year into its term as Pakistan's first civilian administration in nearly a decade.

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    Bombs kill 15 in Peshawar, Khyber

    * Five cops, two FC men killed in Peshawar attack
    * Two civilians killed in Darra car blast
    * Five AI activists killed in Tirah blast

    PESHAWAR: Three separate bombings killed at least 15 people in the NWFP and Khyber Agency on Saturday.

    At least eight people, including five policemen, two FC personnel, and a civilian were killed in a remote-controlled car bombing in Mashugagr village. Some villagers also sustained minor injuries.

    Muhammad Wali, a villager, said the car was unlocked and the villagers had found the body of an old man in it. “The blast occurred when police officials walked towards the vehicle,” he said. Security officials said about 40 kilogrammes of explosives were packed in the vehicle. They said it was likely that the militants who had blown up the shrine of Sufi poet Rehman Baba were involved.

    According to Online, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and several other political personalities have, in separate statements, condemned the bombing.

    Darra blast: In a separate car bombing, at least two civilians were killed and seven others, including six security personnel, injured in Darra Adamkhel. Eyewitnesses said the Taliban detonated a car parked alongside the road when a convoy of Mehsud Scouts reached Bazikhel graveyard. They said security forces launched indiscriminate fire after the attack and arrested 15 locals. At least 10 people were injured, Online quoted a private TV channel as reporting.

    Tirah blast: Also on Saturday, at least five people were killed and eight injured when a shop in the remote Tirah area of Khyber Agency was bombed, sources said. They said five volunteers of banned organisation Ansarul Islam (AI) were killed. An AI spokesman blamed rival militant outfit Lashkar-e-Islam for the blast. manzoor ali shah and qazi rauf/agencies

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\03\08\story_8-3-2009_pg1_7
     
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    Taliban kill three US spies in Pak: Security official

     
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    Suicide blast in Pakistan's tribal area, casualties feared

     
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    Reporting quondam events: Saturday, March 07, 2009 & Monday, March 09, 2009 - Thursday, March 12, 2009...


    School blown up in Bajaur

    Saturday, March 07, 2009


    KHAR: Unidentified armed men blew up the building of a middle school on Friday in Nawagai tehsil of Bajaur Agency, sources told Daily Times. However, no casualties were reported.

    The explosion, which raised the number of schools destroyed in the agency to 36 in a year, completely destroyed the school building at Darbano. Meanwhile, the security forces had taken most areas in the tehsil under complete control and restored writ of the government, bringing the situation to normalcy in the urban areas. The political administration had re-opened all government schools in Nawagai and Chamer Kund tehsils on Thursday. staff report


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    UC nazim killed in Bannu blast

    Saturday, March 07, 2009


    PESHAWAR: A union council nazim was killed and his bodyguard injured in a remote-controlled bomb explosion in Bannu district on Friday, district police said. Kakki Union Council Nazim Khairullah died and his bodyguard Safiullah sustained critical injuries in the explosion. The district police told APP that it was a remote-controlled explosion and denied that the explosive device was planted inside the vehicle. app


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    Gas pipeline blown up in Dera Bugti

    Monday, March 09, 2009


    QUETTA: Unidentified men blew up a 16-inch gas pipeline in Loti, area of Sui while three rockets were fired in a village in Jafferabad on Sunday.

    The men planted explosives near the pipeline supplying gas to a plant from Pirkoh. The blast damaged the pipeline and suspending the supply. Engineers reached the spot and started the repair work.

    In another incident, unidentified men fired three rockets at Goth Northern Bugti, a village in Jafferabad. No casualties were reported. online


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    Two killed in Quetta firing

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009


    QUETTA: Unidentified men on a motorbike killed two Shia Muslims in an apparent sectarian attack in Quetta on Monday, police said.

    The victims were shot in their car on Kirani road, on the outskirts of the provincial capital.

    “Two men from the Shia community were shot dead by unknown gunmen riding a motorbike,” a police official said.

    No one claimed responsibility for the killings. The attack came a week after five Shias were killed in another drive-by shooting in Quetta. afp


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    NATO supply truck torched near Quetta

    Thursday, March 12, 2009


    QUETTA: Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday torched a truck carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, leaving its driver and a helper wounded, police said.

    The men snatched the truck in Soorab, 200 kilometres south of Quetta, and set it ablaze after injuring the driver and his helper, senior police official Khaild Baqi told AFP.

    "The injuries to the driver were serious, but his helper's condition is stable," Baqi said.

    Police chased the attackers and traded fire with them, but the search for them was continuing, he added.

    Baqi said some 150 truckers parked their vehicles to protest against the attack but that the authorities were negotiating to persuade them to continue their journey. afp


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    Three blasts occur in Noshera

    Updated at: 0715 PST, Thursday, March 12, 2009


    NOSHERA: Three explosions were occurred causing damages to 15 shops here on Thursday, police sources said.

    According to police, unidentified militants detonated 15 shops with explosives in Khor market here while five shops were completely destroyed.


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    Security official killed, 3 injured in explosions

    Thursday, March 12, 2009


    DERA MURAD JAMALI: A security personnel was killed and a police official injured in a landmine blast near Goth Magsi in Rabi Canal area on Wednesday, police said.

    The deceased was identified as Muhammad Asghar Ali and the injured police constable as Khadim Hussain.

    Meanwhile, Nobat Khan and Muhammad Ismaeel sustained severe injuries in another landmine explosion in Goth Muhammad Ismaeel. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital where their condition was reported to be stable. app


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    Suicide blast in Pakistan's tribal area, casualties feared

    Islamabad (Xinhua): A suicide blast took place in Pakistan's tribal area bordering Afghanistan on Thursday and casualties were feared, private TV channel DAWN NEWS reported.

    The explosion occurred near an army camp in Charbagh area of Landi Kotal Tehsil in Khyber tribal agency, said the report.

    Detailed information about the attack is not immediately available.

    http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200903121052.htm
     
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    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009/03/12/story_12-3-2009_pg13_7

    Police taken hostage while arresting 3/3 suspect

    * Alleged terrorist’s neighbours disarm police, help Ali Shair escape
    * Advocate says villagers got furious after police opened indiscriminate fire, injured children

    By Rana Tanveer

    LAHORE: One of the suspects of the Liberty terrorist attack who was arrested managed to escape after his neighbours intervened and attacked the police party, eventually taking the police as hostages, :D Daily Times learnt on Wednesday.

    Sources said on directions of the Sahiwal district police officer (DPO), the City Chichawatni Police Station House Officer (SHO) Rao Shafqaat along with Elite Force personnel ;;), raided and arrested one Ali Shair from the jurisdiction of Renala Police Station in Okara. The police had wanted Shair for his alleged involvement in the 3/3 terrorist attack in Lahore and several other cases of murder and robbery. The Punjab government had announced Rs 600,000 as his head money.

    Police robbed: Police sources said they had arrested Shair but his neighbours succeeded in arranging his escape by taking the police as hostages after seizing their weapons. :sAni_monkey:They said the accused escaped with nine sub machine guns, one 444-bore rifle, two 30-bore pistols, a wireless set, six mobile phones, and Rs 50,000 in cash after robbing the police. :helpsmilie::D However, after intervention of other police officers, the hostages were released. They said over 200 people attacked the police with sophisticated weapons and took the policemen as hostages. They said the policemen were seen in torn uniform:drink: after the attack of villagers and were admitted at the Sahiwal District Headquarters Hospital for treatment.

    No case had been registered against the accused for attacking or robbing police officials until the filing of this report. Instead, Advocate Mehmood filed a first information report (FIR) against the station house officer (SHO) and nine unidentified policemen at the Renala Police Station for injuring his brother Asif.:35::D He said Asif was playing in the village when policemen opened indiscriminate fire and injured him. Mehmood said the act of opening indiscriminate fire had angered the people, who then attacked the police. He denied knowing Shair and alleged there was no criminal in sight.

    Renala Police Station moharrar Amjad Hussain said the injured police officials had not filed a complaint for registration of the FIR. He said SHO Rao Shafqaat was in the hospital after suffering serious injuries. He said the other policemen were in stable condition. The moharrar said the area had been declared a zone extremely unsafe for the police:D:sAni_monkey: but it still raided the area to arrest the criminal.
     
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    OMG :sAni_monkey: ^^
     
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    Gentlemen, gentlemen...please take note that this thread is for terrorist attacks in Pakistan ONLY, not for analyses, opinion polls, historical reviews, etc. This thread is intended to serve as a chronological record and chronicle of terrorist attacks in Pakistan, not to discuss the imminent threat of jihadization or radicalization. I appreciate your cooperation in that regard.

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    Rage, any other posts need to be removed
     
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    No sir, all good! Thank you for doing the needful niteshbhai :)

    Edit: My apologies nitesh, I overlooked one. post #10 doesn't belong here.
     
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    12 Militants Killed In Suspected U.S. Missile Attack In Northwest Pakistan

     
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    Taliban kill two in Orakzai, behead three in Bajaur

    Saturday, March 14, 2009


    HANGU/KHAR: Two bodies were found in Sam Paga area of Upper Orakzai Agency on Friday.

    A note found near the bodies said the men were spying for the United States, warning that anyone found guilty of spying would meet the same fate. Separately, a body was found in Charmang valley of Bajaur Agency, identified as Abdul Ghafoor, who was abducted two days ago.

    However, AFP reported that residents found three headless bodies dumped in the wilderness in Charmang tehsil of the agency. Local administration official Jamil Khan confirmed one of the bodies was Ghafoor’s.

    Residents said the Taliban had kidnapped Ghafoor and two other tribesmen because they were considered to be supporters of the government. Also, the political administration has started crackdown on illegal Afghan refugees in the agency’s Khar tehsil.

    Meanwhile in another incident, unidentified men fired at a car on the Kohat-Hangu national highway, killing two people and injuring five others. staff report/afp


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    Blast head near Attock Refinery

    Updated at: 2310 PST, Friday, March 13, 2009


    RAWALPINDI: A powerful explosion has been heard near Attock Refinery, Geo News reported Friday night.

    While police and law enforcement agencies are trying to locate the reason and place of the blast.


    http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=71426
     
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    US missile attack kills 5 in Pakistan

     
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    Pakistan Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 12

     
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    Reporting in quondam: Monday, March 16 - Saturday, March 21, 2009


    Two Sunnis shot dead in DI Khan

    Monday, March 16, 2009

    PESHAWAR: Two Sunnis were shot dead on Sunday in the second apparent sectarian attack in Dera Ismail Khan in as many days, said a senior police official.

    Muhammad Shoaib and Asad Khan were killed one day after a Shia couple were shot dead by armed motorcyclists in the same area. The two men were coming out of a mosque when the gunmen opened fire, before escaping on a motorbike, police official Ehsanullah Khan told AFP. “It seems to be a sectarian killing,” he added. So far no one has been arrested in connection with either attack. afp


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    Three terrorism attempts foiled

    Monday, March 16, 2009


    PESHAWAR/DI KHAN/ QUETTA: Law enforcement agencies on Sunday foiled three separate terrorism attempts, including two attempted bombings, in various parts of the country.

    Peshawar police seized 10 kilogrammes of explosives packed with 400 ball bearings from a car on PAF Road and arrested two suspects. According to APP, the trigger mechanism was remote-controlled with a cell phone. Further investigation is underway to determine the intended target of the bombing.

    Separately, Dera Ismail Khan city police defused a homemade 15kg bomb. The police, with the aid of the army and a bomb disposal squad, were responding to reports of a suspicious bag found near CRBC Chowk. DI Khan District Police Officer Iqbal Khan told Online the bomb was planted along the route of an army convoy.

    Also on Sunday, Frontier Corps (FC) recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition and arrested seven people in Rakhani. The FC, on a tip-off, raided a house in Rakhani and recovered seven rifles, four sub-machine guns, two pistols, and 545 rounds of ammunition, Online reported.

    Separately, unidentified men fired four rockets in Sui, however no casualties were reported. In another incident, a bomb blast occurred near a security forces camp in Khuzdar. While no casualties were reported, security forces injured two people during retaliatory fire. agencies


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    Truck carrying NATO supplies comes under attack in Chaman

    Thursday, March 19, 2009


    * Attacker flees, drilling equipment damaged, no casualties reported

    QUETTA/ISLAMABAD: A man in Chaman hurled a grenade at a NATO supply truck carrying machinery destined for Afghanistan on Wednesday, damaging the equipment, police said.

    The attacker threw the hand grenade as trucks loaded with supplies waited for customs clearance near the Chaman border crossing in Balochistan, local police officer Gul Mohammad said.

    “Soon after the grenade blast people saw a man fleeing the area and (he) disappeared in the rush,” he said, quoting witnesses. The truck was carrying a machine for drilling wells. The blast caused “minor damage” to the machine and no casualties, the officer said.

    The crossing was briefly closed to trucks after the attack, for which nobody has claimed responsibility.

    “Police have closed the crossing and are searching other vehicles,” the official said.

    US and NATO forces in Afghanistan are landlocked in Afghanistan and rely heavily on two major supply routes running through Pakistan. About 80 percent of the coalition forces’ supplies are transported through Pakistan. The main one goes through the Khyber Pass in the northwest, and trucks that use it have frequently been attacked in the recent months.

    The shorter route through Chaman has attracted less attention from attackers, but has not been exempt from violence. Agencies

    Balochistan has been rocked by a four-year insurgency waged by militants fighting for political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the region’s natural resources. The province has also been hit by attacks blamed on Taliban. agencies


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    3 cops among 5 killed in attack on Malakand University

    Thursday, March 19, 2009


    CHAKDARA: Five people including three policemen were killed and four injured when over 100 unidentified armed men attacked a police vehicle at the entrance of the University of Malakand at Chakdara in Lower Dir on Tuesday night, official sources and witnesses told Daily Times.

    According to one of the university’s watchman, the armed men asked the watchmen for the keys to the administration block and the university’s vehicles. The armed men shot and injured them on their refusal. One of them died later.

    On hearing the shots, one of the watchmen informed the police. When a police vehicle reached the spot, the men targeted it with rocket fire, sources added. Four policemen were killed and three injured in the attack. The Taliban on Wednesday claimed “arresting” 14 of the attackers in Shamozai area and recovering university vehicles they had taken away after the attack. abdullah madani


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    Suspected Taliban blow up electricity pylon in Peshawar

    Friday, March 20, 2009

    PESHAWAR: Suspected Taliban on Thursday blew up a 500kV electricity pylon in the limits of Urmur Police Station plunging several parts of Peshawar into darkness.

    A spokesman of the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) told reporters the explosion destroyed the tower. The supply of electricity to the city and its cantonment remained suspended for more than eight hours. The PESCO spokesman said the tower’s repair would take five days. staff report


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    15 killed as army camp attacked in Landikotal

    By Sudhir Ahmad Afridi
    Friday, March 20, 2009


    LANDIKOTAL: The security forces in Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Agency on Thursday clashed with the Taliban after they attacked an army camp using short-range missiles and mortars.

    Fifteen people were reportedly killed in the missile attack.

    The assailants targeted the military facility near the Landikotal bazaar from their hideouts in the mountains.

    One of the rockets missed the target and hit a warehouse close to the bazaar, killing 15 men.

    The men used to work at the warehouse and had also been using it as a makeshift residence.

    Daily Times learnt that six bodies had been recovered so far from the rubble, while authorities did not have the necessary equipment to retrieve the rest from the debris.

    Following the attack, the security forces retaliated hitting the attackers’ positions in the nearby mountains.

    A source said a madrassa adjacent to the army camp was also hit in the missile attack.


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