MOHMAND AGENCY/PESHAWAR - At a time when talks between the government and the Taliban are suspended, TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah has directed the outlawed organisation’s fidayeen (suicide bombers) to get ready to face the tanks and guns of what he called ‘evil forces’.
He said this in a brief video message released during his visit to Darra Adamkhel. The TTP chief said the suicide bombers who have received his message should convey the same to others who were not present on the occasion. A TTP spokesman told a BBC correspondent that it was a policy statement on behalf of the Taliban chief.
Talks between the government and the TTP have been suspended for the past several weeks and most of the political circles are not much optimistic about their resumption or any positive outcome. However, the TTP leader did not say anything about the talks.
Fazlullah said that like Taliban the Pakistan government, the armed forces and the intelligence agencies would also have to accept writ of Allah Almighty. He said enforcement of Sharia was the mission of his life and he would continue his struggle for the purpose.
Meanwhile, at least one security personnel was killed and eleven others wounded in two different blasts targeting security forces in Mohmand and Bajaur agencies on Sunday.
A personnel of Khasadar Force was killed and three others injured in bomb explosions in Mohmand Agency.
According to details, a roadside bomb planted by miscreants went off when a vehicle of Khasada Force was passing through Chamarkand locality in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency.
Resultantly, one Khasadar Force personnel was killed while FC man along with two civilians sustained injuries in the explosion. The injured were rushed to agency headquarters hospital where their condition was stated to be stable.
Soon after the explosion, security forces rushed to the blast site, cordoned off the area and launched a search operation. At least 11 suspects were apprehended.
Separately, at least seven people including seven personnel of Levies Force and a woman sustained injuries in a bomb blast in tehsil Khar of Bajaur Agency on Sunday.
It was around 10am when a roadside bomb planted by miscreants exploded with a bang apparently targeting a vehicle of Levies Forces that was on way from Nawagai to Khar, the agency headquarters of Bajaur Agency.
The bomb was detonated with a remote-controlled device. It exploded at Shakari area, situated at a distance of some 10 kilometers from Khar. Subsequently, Subidar Gulzar Khan along with five other personnel of the force and a passerby woman sustained injuries. The injured were shifted to agency headquarters hospital.
One of the injured is stated to be in critical condition. Besides, the levies vehicle also damaged. Soon after the blast the nearby bazaars closed. Peshawar-Bajaur Road was also blocked for all sort of traffic.
The Levies personnel and FC men cordoned off the area. The political administration launched a search operation. However, no arrest was made till filing of this report.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mohmand chapter chief Omar Khalid Khorasani has claimed the responsibility of twin bomb attacks on security forces in Mohmand and Bajaur agencies.
Khorasani tweeted from his official account, “Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mohmand Agency claims the responsibility of two different remote-controlled bomb blasts took place in MND agency in which two security forces men were killed and 5 others were injured”.
The Taliban faction said that TTP Mohmand Agency had the intention to carry on attacks.