Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
I hope that you and your team at the Peace and Freedom will be alright.
Situation in tribal areas have been worsening with each passing day. Now the terrorists have spreaded their activities to the whole country. Reports said that a bomb exploded near a military truck on a main highway in Pakistan. No one was hurt in the remote-controlled bombing in Akora Khattak, about 120 kilometers northwest of Islamabad, a local police official said. Three air force personnel in the truck escaped harm, he said.
An air force official confirmed the bombing and “slight” damage to the truck.
Other reports said that security forces found on Wednesday bodies of 13 missing soldiers in a vehicle parked in the Tor Chappar area of Darra Adamkhel.
The soldiers were captured by militants after they had taken control of a checkpoint at the Friendship Tunnel on Friday last.”It appears that the soldiers were killed last week but their bodies were found on Wednesday,” a security official told newsmen.
Sources said the vehicle was found in Tor Chappar on Tuesday morning but nobody was allowed to go near it for fear that it might be a booby trap.
A bomb disposal squad cleared the vehicle before security officials checked it.
The bodies were taken to the combined military hospital in Kohat in the afternoon.
It is believed that militants executed the soldiers when security forces regained control over the tunnel on Tuesday.
The soldiers had been on duty at a PTCL communication tower on the hill above the tunnel.
Bodies of five other soldiers were found on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Kohat-Peshawar road has been reopened after six days.
About 200 vehicles escorted by troops left for Darra Adamkhel and Peshawar in convoys through the hilly track, officials said.
The military operation in the area was suspended on Wednesday evening and is likely to resume on Thursday morning.District Coordination Officer Kamran Zeb said that the tunnel would remain open to traffic from 6am to 7pm on Thursday and only south-bound vehicles coming from Peshawar would be allowed to go through.
Meanwhile, people who had fled Darra Adamkhel because of the military operation have started returning to their homes.Militants retrieved and buried on Wednesday the bodies of 12 foreigners who had been killed in a missile attack on a residential compound in the Khushali Toorikhel area of North Waziristan on Monday night.
Local people said the identity of the militants killed in the attack remained unknown but according to unconfirmed reports seven of them were Arabs while the other five from central Asian.
The compound, located about three kilometres south of Mirali town, is owned by Abdus Sattar, a driver, who survived the attack.A large number of militants had surrounded the site to get the bodies which the later buried in a local graveyard.”Militants are still keeping the local people away from the place,” a villager told on phone. He said that unmanned air vehicles had hovered over the area on Wednesday.
The attack is a mystery because it is still not known who had fired the missile.Some local people claimed that a drone had fired the missile but officials have been keeping quiet. “I heard the sound of a plane just before the explosion,” said the man who identified himself as Zaheer Gul.Several places in the North Waziristan have come under attack in the recent past.
A house was attacked in Mosaki village in Mirali tehsil in December 2005 in which Al Qaeda’s operational commander Hamza Rabia was killed.Meanwhile, militants attacked a security base in the Razmak sub-division of North Waziristan on Wednesday.
According to sources, two army soldiers were killed while another was injured in the afternoon attack.They said that the militants had sneaked into Razmak from the adjacent Makin area where security forces had launched an operation against supporters of Baitullah Mehsud.
Dear Sir, I want to present my thank and gratitude to you for your positive role during the struggle against terrorism.
We will never forget your kindness and love.
Again thank you very much,
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan