WANA: A security personnel lost his life in a landmine explosion in South Waziristan tribal district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday.

Official sources said a soldier was coming back to his check post after repairing a water pipeline in Sra Rogha tehsil when he stepped on a landmine. The deceased Frontier Corps (FC) personnel was identified as Ayazuddin. His funeral prayer was held in Manzi Qala area.

The security personnel cordoned off the area after the incident and launched a search operation. However, there were no reports about any arrests.

No banned outfit has claimed responsibility for the landmine blast.

Several people, including security personnel, have recently lost their lives in landmine explosions in tribal districts, particularly in North and South Waziristan, after the return of the temporarily displaced persons. The security forces have cleared landmines from many areas, but the threat still exists and casualties from landmine blasts are reported regularly.

The militants while leaving the tribal districts after military operations planted several landmines which have trapped several people so far. This led of an uneasy situation in the region and people demanded clearing of these landmines. People in the Waziristan region say their areas are still littered with landmines and improvised explosive devices.

Attack on former peace committee commander

A former commander of the pro-government peace committee along with his two friends was injured in a firing incident in Tank on Friday.

Police said the former peace militia commander Gul Salam Betani along with his two friends Arzi Khan and Liaquat was travelling in a car when unknown armed men opened fire on them. Gul Salam and his two friends were critically injured in the firing. The injured persons were shifted to Dera Ismail Khan Hospital.

Police also took retaliatory action against the attacks, in which one attacker was killed and another was injured. Police cordoned off the entire area after the firing incident and launched a search operation. However, no arrest was made till filing of this report.

No banned organisation has claimed responsibility for attacking the peace committee member.

The security forces had raised militias against Taliban militants in tribal districts which helped in driving out the militants. Several members of the peace committees have been targeted in the tribal areas by the militants.


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