KHAR: An employee of Health Department was injured in a firing incident in Bajaur tribal district on Friday.

Local sources said the Health Department Class-IV employee Sifatullah was going home after duty in Khar area on Friday evening when unidentified armed men opened fire on him, leaving him severely injured. He was taken to District Headquarters Hospital Khar from where he was shifted to Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar due to his critical condition.

Meanwhile, the staff of DHQ Hospital Khar held an emergency meeting during which they expressed grave concern over attack on Sifatullah and prayed for his early recovery. The staff members strongly condemned the attack and demanded police and district administration to ensure arrest and punishment of culprits.

Targeted attacks and killings have recently increased in Bajaur over which the local people have expressed grave concern. They say such incidents are disturbing peace in the area, and people involved in such incidents must be brought to justice.

On January 27, unidentified armed men shot dead a young volleyball player in Tarkho area in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur.

According to local sources, Salahuddin, who was a labourer and well-known player of volleyball, was coming home after playing a match at Barkhalozo ground when unknown gunmen opened fire on him outside his home in Tarkho area, leaving him dead on the spot.

The family members of the slain young volleyball player said they had no enmity with anyone. He was a member of Barkhalozo Volleyball Club. No one claimed responsibility for the murder.

On December 02, 2020, two tribal elders were shot dead in Salarzai tehsil of Bajaur.

Police said the incident happened in Letai area of Salarzai. Unidentified armed men opened fire on tribal elders Saadat Khan and Malik Shazullah at their home, leaving them dead on the spot.

Station House Officer (SHO) Chargo Police Station Bacha Rehman said the bodies were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital Khar for post mortem and were handed over to families after completion of legal formalities. No one has claimed responsibility of the murder. Sources said the incident seemed to be a target killing.

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