Four bombers, two soldiers die in FC camp attack

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Tariq Saeed

Peshawar—The security forces Saturday effectively countered terrorists attack on the headquarters of Mohmand Rifles of the Frontier Corps (FC) in Ghalanai as the bloody encounter resulted in the martyrdom of at least two men in uniform and serious injuries to eight others. Four terrorists were also killed in the shootout that took place early morning.
The Frontier Corps officials as well as the independent sources say a group of unknown terrorists armed with sophisticated weapons attacked the Mohmand Rifles headquarters in Ghalanai Mohmand agency around six in the morning and tried to enter a
mosque in the vicinity. However the FC personals guarding the offices intercepted then culprits effectively and after seeing no way two of the attackers blew themselves up.
This followed a bloody skirmish between the miscreants and the FC soldiers that ultimately resulted in the martyrdom of as many as two soldiers while eight others sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Combined Military Hospital for treatment. Two more terrorists were also killed in the shootout that lasted for quite some time.
The terrified locals say gunshots were heard till quite late in the evening as the security forces kicked off search and net operation in the region. The major roads leading to Mohmand agency have also been blocked for all kind of traffic as according to reports curfew remains clamped at certain areas to facilitate the combing operation.
The credible sources said the effective and in time action by the security forces against the terrorists averted major danger and if the terrorists succeeded in their nefarious designs, could have played havoc as they were entering the mosque moments before the Fajr prayer.
“The terrorist’s target appeared to be striking during the Fajr prayer that was to be offered minuets later and God forbid had they succeeded in accomplishing their nefarious designs, that would have led to major human losses including officers and jawaans of the FC force”. A FC official told Pakistan Observer.
The inspector General Frontier Corps Major General Shaheen Mazhar has lauded the timely action and sacrifices of the FC jawaans in Saturday’s militant’s attack. A splinter group of defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, called Jamaat-ul-Ehraar has reportedly owned the responsibility of attack on FC’s Mohmand Rifles headquarters in Mohmand .