[Hakeemullah’ former sectarian turf war heats-up. In the Khyber region, where Mehsud earned his promotion to head of TTP, the destabilization operation regains its former intensity. Peshawar will be the ultimate victim of this conflict, once again.]
By Nasrullah Afridi & Ashrafuddin Pirzada
BARA/LANDIKOTAL, (The News): A suicide bombing at the base of the militant group, Ansarul Islam, in the Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency on Friday left 10 people, including its members, dead and seven others injured.
Dr Naeem, spokesman for the Ansarul Islam, told The News that the rival militant group, Lashkar-e-Islam, led by Mangal Bagh, was involved in the suicide attack. He and other sources identified the 18-year-old suicide bomber as Abdul Baqi, son of Shargo, belonging to the Kamarkhel sub-tribe from the Tirah’s Sokht area. They claimed the bomber’s head had been found and it helped in identifying him.
The organisation’s members said the bomber wanted to bomb the Friday prayers. They claimed the alertness of the Ansarul Islam’s volunteers foiled the bomber’s plan to kill a large number of people.
Eight people, mostly Ansarul Islam members, were killed initially but later the death toll rose to 10 when more injured succumbed to their injuries. Some of the dead were identified as Dr Jamal, Qamar Gul, Masood, Malik Khan, Sheikh Gul, Shaukat Khan, Umar Khan and Mubarak Khan. The Lashkar-e-Islam group hasn’t yet commented on the attack.