Pakistan: IEDs, landmines still a serious threat in FATA


Landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are posing a serious threat to the lives of innocent tribesmen who after experiencing the worst kind of sizzling heat and chilly cold weather in adjacent Khyber Pakhtunkhwa districts, are returning to their homes in North and South Waziristan Agencies.

Compared to North Waziristan and the rest of the Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA), abandoned explosive material have been found in large quantities in Mehsud tribe dominated Ladha and Sarwaiki tehsils of South Waziristan.

Besides South Waziristan, such types of explosive material were also found from time to time in Kurram Agency, Tirah valley of Khyber Agency and border regions of both Mohmand and Kurram Agencies.

Though the Islamabad based FATA Research Centre, in its third quarter report for current calendar year claimed 44 per cent decline in terrorist activities, still it did not indicate whetehr terrorist attacks were on the decline.

The FATA Research Centre informed that there were 100 terrorist incidents registered in second quarter (April-June) of 2017, whereas, only 56 violent incidents occurred in third quarter July-September of the current year. Almost all terror acts occurring in different parts of the tribal regions were IEDs and landmine blasts.

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Source: Pakistan Today