NORTH WAZIRISTAN / PESHAWAR: A Pakistani army soldier was martyred and another injured when a remote control bomb exploded in the Garyum area of the North Waziristan district on Tuesday evening.
Authorities identified the martyred soldier as Sepoy Fahed and the injured Sepoy Tanveer.
Security forces cordoned off the area and carried out a search operation. No one claimed responsibility for the explosion. Attacks on security forces in North Waziristan have increased since a local militant group declared a 20-day ceasefire.
Separately, a man was killed when unknown assailants opened fire on a market in Miramshah on Wednesday, police said. The deceased was identified as Hameed, a resident of the Dosali region.
At the same time, criminals fired at least three rockets on Wednesday at a public elementary school in upper tehsil in the Orakzai tribal district. However, no casualties were reported, officials said.
Local residents said three rockets fired from an unknown direction landed near the government boys’ primary school in the Sama area. Officials said the deputy commissioner was due to attend an open kutcheri at the school, but the function was canceled due to the threat alert.
The authorities had declared a public holiday at the school to facilitate the holding of the event.
Residents said militant groups, including Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, had resurfaced in upper Orakzai. They said two elders were killed a month ago.
Posted in Dawn, October 7, 2021