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Militants torch vehicles, kidnap 10 people in Pak

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Islamabad: Pro-Taliban militants torched six vehicles and kidnapped 10 people in the restive Kurram tribal region of northwest Pakistan, officials said on Monday.

The militants attacked a convoy of vehicles near Charkhel village on Thall-Parachinar Road in Kurram Agency on Sunday.

The rebels kidnapped 10 drivers and their helpers and injured two persons during the attack. The attackers also set five trucks and another vehicle on fire.

Officials said the incident might have been a reaction to an attack on a passenger vehicle near Parachinar, the main town in Kurram Agency, on Saturday.

Ten people, including women and children, were killed and three others injured in that attack. The local political administration had arrested 35 people during the investigation into Saturday’s attack.

In a separate development, militants blew up a state-run girls’ primary school in Kurram agency on Sunday. There were no reports of casualties.

Security forces are currently conducting an operation in the central part of Kurram Agency to flush out militants.

Curfew has been imposed for an indefinite period in some areas of central Kurram.

Militants threaten to kill kidnapped officials

Baloch militants have threatened to kill five government officials kidnapped in the restive Balochistan province of southwest Pakistan if their demands are not met.

The officials of the Pakistan Mines Development Corporation were kidnapped in Sorrange area, 35 km from provincial capital Quetta, on Sunday.

Banned Baloch Liberation Army spokesman Meerak Baloch called newspaper offices in Quetta by satellite phone and claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. (PTI)

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