Saturday, October 22, 2011


40 houses, LI HQ, market destroyed in Bara correspondentSunday, October 23, 2011

BARA: At least 40 houses, the headquarters of the outlawed militant group Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) and a market were destroyed, and around 30 suspected persons were arrested by the security forces in Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency on Saturday, tribal and official sources said.
The sources said that a large contingent of the security forces entered the Mandikas and Nala areas from the east and west and demolished at least 40 houses and a market having 10 shops.

The security forces also destroyed the headquarters of LI in Nala Khwar and recovered 34 mortar shells, 34 rocket shells, three vehicles and a tractor during the operation and shifted them to the nearby Fort Salop FC camp.

The sources said that some 30 suspected persons were arrested by the security forces in the two areas, which had been vacated by the villagers the previous day after receiving notices to this effect from the political administration of Khyber Agency.

The persons whose houses were demolished included former agency councillor Suhbat Khan, Colonel (R) Hussain who is occupying a key post in the National Accountability Bureau in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Malik Muhammad Ali, nephew of PPP leader and ex-district nazim Peshawar Mohammad Azam Afridi, Haji Azim, Haji Moula Gul, Ghulam Ahmad, Ghazi Khan, Hikmat Khan, Jalal, Rehman Shah and Muhammad Noor.

The sources said that the security forces torched the clinic of dispenser Muhammad Nawaz Khan and a vehicle owned by one Sadamat Khan in Mandikas.

Talking to this scribe, former agency councillor Suhbat Khan said that he was the rival of LI as one of his cousins had been beheaded and his father had been abducted by the militants over the last three years.

Affected by militancy, he added, that half of his family had shifted to Peshawar some three years ago and he did not know that why both the militant outfit and the security forces had been targeting his family.

The sources said that the security forces did not face any resistance from the militants.

When contacted by local reporters, Commandant Mahsud Scouts, who is also the operation commander in Bara, he refused to give exact number of the persons detained by the security forces during the fresh offensive.

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