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Women’s hostel blown up, road opened in Mohmand

GHALANAI, Nov 23: A newly-built hostel for women teachers was blown up allegedly by militants in Qandaharo Sandokhel areas of Lakaro while Peshawar-Bajaur road was opened for vehicular traffic as curfew was relaxed after 28 days in Mohmand region on Sunday.

An official of political administration told Dawn that unidentified militants planted improvised explosive device (IED) in the newly-built hostel for women teachers in Lakaro tehsil which went off with a big bang destroying it partially.

He said that no casualty was reported in the explosion as teachers had already vacated the hostel owing to continued curfew and growing incidents of militancy in the area.

Meanwhile, Peshawar-Bajaur road was opened for traffic as curfew was relaxed after 28 days. The political administration has issued directives to the heads of all government departments to ensure presence of their staff at the offices and resume their routine work in Mohmand Agency from Monday.

The security forces took control of Michini after militants abandoned the area and shifted to hilly areas. The troops have started patrolling and occupied all the abandoned checkposts to keep vigil on the movement of suspected persons.

Local people have begun coming back to their homes after retuning of normalcy to the violence-hit Michini area.

Meanwhile, the security forces fired artillery shells on the suspected hideouts when militants attempted to attack an FC checkpoint late on Saturday night in Darwazgai area of tehsil Lakaro. There was no report of casualty.

JIRGA: A sixty-member jirga of Haleemzai tribe held a meeting with the political authorities on Sunday to discuss law and order situation and devise strategy for quelling militancy in Mohmand region. The political administration handed over a list of 30 wanted persons to the tribal leaders, said a member of the Haleemzai jirga, adding the elders would take final decision in this respect after its meeting on Monday.
Source: Dawn
Date:11/24/2008

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