'Six killed in Pakistan attack'
Dozens of militants attacked the homes of two Pakistani tribal elders, killing six people in a lawless tribal district near the Afghan border, officials said on Monday.world Updated: Jun 21, 2011 08:27 IST
Dozens of militants attacked the homes of two Pakistani tribal elders, killing six people in a lawless tribal district near the Afghan border, officials said on Monday.
The attack in Ziarat Masood village of Mohmand district came a day after Pakistani war planes bombed a militant stronghold in the region.
"A group of militants attacked houses of Malik Ghazi Khan and Malik Ghulab Khan, who were also members of a local peace committee, killing six people and wounding four others," local administration official Zabit Khan.
He said that the militants, said to number up to 70 and armed with rockets, hand grenades and Kalashnikov rifles, attacked the two houses late on Sunday.
"Those killed in the attack also included close relatives including sons of the two tribal elders," he said.
Of the two elders, Malik Ghazi Khan sustained injuries while Malik Ghulab Khan was not present at the time of attack.
Another local official confirmed the casualties and said "the attack might be a reaction to the ongoing military operation in Mohmand".
Pakistani troops launched an air and ground operation to evict militants from the stronghold of Walidad in Mohmand on Saturday, killing 25 rebels.
Mohmand is one of seven districts in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt where Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants frequently launch attacks targeting police, government and security officials.
Washington has called the tribal regions the most dangerous place on Earth and the global headquarters of al Qaeda, where Taliban and other al Qaeda-linked networks have carved out strongholds.
Since US Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May, American officials have been increasing pressure on Islamabad to launch an offensive in the North Waziristan district to destroy militant sanctuaries.