Archive for Monday, May 15, 2006

Suspected militants kill security official

May 15, 2006

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— Suspected Islamic militants stormed a roadside security post in a tribal region in northwestern Pakistan early Sunday and shot dead an officer, an intelligence official said.

The attack occurred after midnight in Jandola, a town at the entrance of South Waziristan, a tribal region bordering Afghanistan, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Five armed men wearing masks arrived at the roadblock in a pickup truck and took soldiers hostage before forcing their way into the security post building where they shot dead the officer in charge, he said.

The soldiers were freed and the attackers fled, he said.

Local tribal militants, along with Arab, Central Asian and Afghan fighters suspected of links with al-Qaida, operate in the rugged region. They are blamed for attacks on security forces deployed to hunt them down.

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