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Militants storm house, kill 3 in NW Pakistan

Militants storm house, kill 3 in NW Pakistan

Insurgents in northwest Pakistan shot and killed a pro-government tribal elder, his wife and a son Thursday, while a clash elsewhere in the volatile region left a police officer and two militants dead, authorities said.
The continuing violence illustrates the scope of the Islamic extremist challenge facing Pakistan, even as it pushes back against the Taliban, al-Qaida and other insurgent groups through army ground offensives and airstrikes.
The attack on the tribal elder occurred in the Bajur tribal region near the Afghan border, where the military has twice declared victory over Taliban fighters over the past two years.
The insurgents attacked Toor Khan and his family after storming their house, political administrator Arshad Khan said. The slain elder had played an active role in setting up a militia force to fight the Taliban in Bajur in early 2009.
Despite paramilitary and army operations, militants still occasionally target troops and citizens allied with the government in Bajur.
Later Thursday, two militants on a motorbike attacked a police van in the Mamokhwar section of Hangu district, which lies near the lawless tribal belt, said Abdul Rasheed Khan, a senior police official. Both militants were killed, along with a police officer, while two officers were wounded.
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Associated Press Writer Hussain Afzal in Parachinar contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-07-24 13:54 GMT+08:00