Pakistan: Militant attack kills 17 in Orakzai region

3rd Oct 2013

BY Zahir Shah Shirazi

ORAKZAI, (Dawn): A militant attack in Orakzai tribal region’s Spin Tall area killed at least 17 persons and injured another 22, according to security sources.

Security sources said that the compound of an anti-Taliban militia commander Mullah Nabi Hanafi was targetted by militants who opened fire before detonating an explosive-laden vehicle inside the compound.

At least 17 people, including the attackers, were killed and 22 others were wounded in the attack whereas the compund was completely destroyed in the attack, the source added.

The intensity of the explosion was so huge that the area residents claimed to have felt its jolt similar to that in an earthquake.

The details could not be independently verified as access of media is restricted in the region.

Mullah Hanafi was associated with the Tehrik-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the past but later after developing differences formed his own militant faction to fight against the TTP.

TTP militants have also targetted Hanafi’s training compunds in the past.

Moreover, Hanafi is also wanted by authorities in connection with the killing of Fareed  Khan, a Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) MPA from Hangu, after an arrested accused member of his group confessed to the killing.

Orakzai is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in the northwest, where Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked militants are said to have carved out strongholds.

Security officials have claimed in the past that up to 92 per cent of Orakzai has been cleared of insurgents.


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