AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Published — Sunday 23 June 2013
Last update 23 June 2013 2:47 am
KHAR, Pakistan: A bomb killed two members of a Pakistani pro-government militia yesterday in a tribal region near the Afghanistan border, officials said.
The blast went off in Chamarkand town, 40 km northwest of Khar, the main town of Bajaur tribal region in the northwest of the country.
“Two members of a pro-government tribal peace committee were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near them,” local administration official Ghulam Saeedullah said.
He said that the men were inspecting the site of an earlier IED blast when a second device went off.
Local tribal police officials also confirmed the incident and casualties.
The attack came two days after about a dozen insurgents attacked the homes of two tribal elders near Khar and later killed them.
Pakistan has for years been fighting homegrown Taleban insurgents in its northwestern border areas with Afghanistan.
A US-led NATO combat mission across the border is due to withdraw next year after a 12-year Afghan Taleban insurgency.
Also yesterday, security agencies intercepted a truck in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta and recovered 50 rockets with fuses.
Local chief of paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) Col. Maqbool Ahmad said that the rockets were hidden under piles of straw.