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The Nation Newspaper Pakistan

Militants kill 13, abduct 45 in Kurram ambush

Published: March 26, 2011

Militants kill 13, abduct 45 in Kurram ambush

PESHAWAR – At least thirteen persons were killed and 10 others injured while 45 passengers were kidnapped along with three vehicles, when armed militants ambushed a convoy of buses in Lower Kurram Agency on Friday. 
Tribal sources said passenger buses were on way from Peshawar to Parachinar when unknown militants ambushed them with sophisticated weapons in Bagan area of Lower Kurram Agency. The militants after attacking the convoy of buses kidnapped 45 passengers. They also drove away three vehicles with them, besides setting two of them to fire. The incident resulted in the killing of 13 persons and wounding 10 others. The injured were shifted to Ghalezai and Parachinar hospitals. 
The injured told media persons that when they reached Bagan area, some masked militants attacked their vehicles with sophisticated weapons. They said some of the passengers were kidnapped while those who tried to escape were beaten up brutally. They informed that militants have kidnapped around 45 passengers who were taken away in three vehicles. 
It bears mentioning here that Bagan area is one of the sensitive areas of Kurram Agency where more than 300 persons have so far been killed and hundreds of others kidnapped in deferent terrorist activities. 
After a peace agreement with Taliban, it was the fourth time that peaceful passengers were targeted in the area. 
Agencies add: Militants ambushed a convoy of vehicles carrying members of an anti-Taliban Shia tribe in Kurram Agency on Friday, killing thirteen and wounding ten.
Those killed belonged to the Turi tribe in the Kurram region, whose people have blocked Taliban militants from the Haqqani network – one of the most dangerous Taliban factions – from using their territory to cross into Afghanistan. Hundreds of people have been killed in clashes between the Turi and their Taliban-backed rivals in recent months.
There have been attempts by Taliban to strike peace deals with the Turi tribe that could give them access to remote strategic areas on the Afghan border.
Government officials in the region confirmed the attack but said they did not have any details about the kidnapping.

 

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