Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Jihad 101: Don't Use a Hacksaw On a Mortar Shell

One less Taliban commander exists in the world today.

The story comes from DAWN.

Militant kills self, family in North Waziristan bomb accident

MIRAMSHAH: A militant commander and five family members including a child were killed when a bomb he was tinkering with exploded at his home in northwest Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region, officials said on Wednesday.

Aalim Deen Mehsud, a local commander of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the North Waziristan, was trying to remove explosive material from a mortar shell, triggering the blast, a security official said.

“He was trying to cut the shell with a hand saw and take out the explosives when the explosion occurred, killing himself, four women and a child of his family,” the official told AFP.

Two other children were injured in the blast, the official said.

A local in the village of Talib Jan, where the incident happened, confirmed the deaths.

“Aalim Deen Mehsud and five members of his family have been killed in an explosion at his house,” said Gul Hajjan, a resident of the village which is close to the Afghan border.

Meanwhile, in Peshawar, a planted bomb exploded injuring at least five people near the Sirki Gate area of the northwestern city.

Rescue sources said that a woman was also injured in the assault.

According to the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) personnel, at least half a kilogram of explosive material was used in the bomb.

Peshawar and North Waziristan lie in the northwestern parts of the country with the latter being one of Pakistan's seven semi-autonomous tribal regions which Washington consider to be a major hub of Taliban and Al Qaeda militants plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.

The government opened negotiations with the TTP last month in a bid to end a bloody insurgency which has cost thousands of lives and cost the economy tens of billions of dollars.

The process broke down for more than two weeks after militants killed 23 kidnapped soldiers, but later resumed after the Taliban announced a month-long ceasefire.

1 comment:

Nikolai Bukharin said...

The dangers of religion. It stops people from exercising common sense.