Mullah Toofan, a prominent Taliban commander in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is believed to be behind the attack in the Orakzai Agency, which targeted a military training compound used by militant commander Mullah Nabi. Nabi had recently shifted his loyalties from Taliban to the Pakistani Armed Forces. Although Nabi was present at the scene during the attack, he managed to escape unhurt. A total of ten people died, including five children.
Local sources said that the attack occurred when a suicide attacker drove a car packed with explosives in to the military compound. The compound is located in the village of Spin Dal, in the FATA province. The Pakistani Taliban spokesman, Ahsanullah Ahsan confirmed that his organization was behind the attack. He said that the action was taken as retaliation, after Nabi distanced himself from the Taliban and joined the government side.
The Pakistani Army has been conducting operations against the Taliban and other armed militants operating in the Orakzai region for the last few months, supported by various tribal militia groups. The latest attack is a severe blow to the army, which had earlier claimed that the militants were on the run in the region. A number of people were wounded in the yesterday’s attack, and some of them, with serious injuries were transported by the army to hospitals in the nearby city of Hangu.
Eight members of the PCG were killed when militants attacked their post near the port city of Gwadar. The assailants, who reached the scene in pickup trucks and motorcycles, used rocket propelled grenades and heavy machine guns to attack the lightly armed PCG servicemen. Six of the PCG personnel died onsite, while two others succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. It is still not clear whether the attack was committed by the Islamists or by the Baloch nationalists.