KHYBER AGENCY - A khasadar was killed and three Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers were wounded when unidentified militants attacked Takhta Baig check post in Jamrud Tehsil here.

Assistant Political Agent (APA) Jamrud Ziaur Rehman Marwat told The Nation on Sunday that last night unidentified persons equipped with sophisticated weapons attacked the Takhta Baig check post and opened indiscriminate fire, shooting dead a Khasadar force personnel and wounded three Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers. In retaliation the militants were forced to escape.

Immediately after the incident, reinforcement moved to the checkpoint, cordoned off the entire area and shifted the injured and body to the nearest health centre.

The deceased Khasadar official was identified as Shahid Khan who was laid to rest on Sunday morning in his ancestral graveyard in Jaba village of Jamrud.

The next morning security forces agencies imposed curfew and launched a massive search operation in Ali Masjid, Shagai, Bhagyari, Sur Kamar, Shah Kas, Wazir Dand and other areas of Jamrud to trace the culprits, APA Marwat maintained.

He added that two high profile militant commanders were also apprehended and were shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

Huge quantity of explosives and arms were also recovered during the search operation and were transported to Fort Slope, Bara for media display, he added.

Due to forces operation, the Pak-Afghan highway was closed for all kind of movement for more than seven hours that multiplied problems for the locals.

Meanwhile, the political administration of the Khyber Agency further enhanced security measures at the check post and deployed extra Levies and Khasadar personnel to avoid any untoward incident.

FORMER COMMANDER OF 'PEACE BODY' SHOT DEAD IN TANK

Staff Reporter from Tank adds: Unidentified armed persons killed a former commander of a so called peace body in the Mulazi area of District Tank on Sunday.

According to the preliminary investigation, some unidentified armed persons had killed Habibur Rehman by slitting his throat with a sharp object and later, they dumped his body near a tube-well in the area.

The local police said Sifatullah, son of Badhah Khan, a resident of Kiri Wadati, had lodged a report against unidentified persons.

Sifatullah in his statement to the police said his brother went missing some two weeks ago, adding that latter on, they found his body dumped near a tube-well outside a village along with a letter inscribed with a warning that espionage for the government will meet such action.

The police have handed over the body to the family after medico-legal formalities and further investigation is under way, said an official, adding that the case is registered under section 302/ATA.