MIRANSHAH: Unidentified armed men shot dead two tribal elders in North Waziristan tribal district on Wednesday.

According to police, the two elders were travelling to their village on a motorcycle when they were attacked on Dattakhel road in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan. Police shifted the bodies to hospital for autopsy and later handed them over to the bereaved families for burial.

The motive behind the murder was not clear immediately. No one has claimed responsibility for the murder.

Target killing incidents are witnessing increase in North Waziristan. On July 24, unidentified armed men shot dead a local cricketer in Harmuz village in Mir Ali tehsil. The victim, Wajid, was standing outside his home when unidentified armed men opened fire on him, leaving him dead on the spot.

Police said it is apparently an incident of target killing, and further investigation was underway. Wajid was a well-known cricket player in his area, and his death left the entire area in grief.

On July 12, unidentified miscreants threw a hand grenade at a girls school in North Waziristan at a time when examination 12th grade students was in process. The grenade was thrown at an empty post at the school which caused no casualties, police said.

North Waziristan District Police Officer (DPO) Shafiullah Gandapur said the incident happened in Haiderkhel village with a purpose to create panic.

The grenade attack in North Waziristan came a day after one person was killed in a mortar shell attack during fierce fighting between Borakhel and Eidak sub-tribes.

Earlier this month, unknown armed men shot dead a tribal elder in Mir Ali. Police said two men on a motorcycle opened fire at tribal elder Malik Salahuddin in Patassi Adda and escaped. The deceased belonged to Hurmuz village. He had served as head of a local peace committee tasked with maintaining peace and checking movement of miscreants in the area.

Last month, the people of Wazir tribe in Bannu held a massive sit-in for 20 days against the target killing of a local tribal elder. The protest ended after lengthy talks with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.



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