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Anti-Taliban Tribal Elder Killed in Bomb Attack

by AFP
File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP

File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP

Malik Mohammad Younis of the Salarzai tribe died after his car hit an IED.

A roadside bomb killed an anti-Taliban tribal elder in Bajaur on Tuesday, officials said.

The bomb exploded when Malik Mohammad Younis, a prominent elder of the Salarzai tribe, was traveling in a vehicle with his two sons in Gulloshah village near Khar, the main town in Bajaur district where Taliban militants have been active.

“Malik Mohammad Younis was killed and his two sons were wounded after a bomb planted on a roadside exploded as their vehicle passed,” tribal administration official Saaz Mohammad told AFP. He said nobody immediately claimed responsibility. Taliban militants have carried out several bomb attacks against tribal elders who have raised and supported vigilantes against them.

Intelligence officials confirmed the attack and death, and said Younis supported the government’s offensive against Taliban militants and had been active in organizing tribes to combat the insurgents.

Bajaur is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal districts along Pakistan’s mountainous western border, which became a hotbed of Islamist militants following the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Pakistan began a long-awaited push to clear insurgent bases from North Waziristan in June last year after a bloody Taliban attack on Karachi airport sank faltering peace talks. The Army has intensified its offensive since the Taliban’s massacre of 153 people, 134 of them children, in a school in Peshawar last December.

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