Militants on looting spree in Wana
Hundreds of tribesmen in Wana looted government offices, residential quarters located near the main base of the FC.—AP/File
WANA: There was absolute mayhem in this town on Friday when hundreds of tribesmen looted government offices, residential quarters and the press club located near the main base of the Frontier Corps.
On Thursday night, a group of militants blew up the building of the state-run radio station after robbing equipment and other material.
The political administration called out paramilitary troops to end the looting and restore order. Bazaars were closed and troops took positions on buildings to stop the vandalism.
Local people said that security forces had made announcements on loudspeakers asking people to close shops, leave bazaars and stay indoors.
Earlier, the militants were heard telling people that it was legitimate to pillage government property and they should consider the looted goods as war booty.
Within minutes of the militants’ prodding, hundreds of people stormed government buildings and started looting furniture and whatever they could lay their hands on.
‘I never saw such a bad situation and even bricks and steel bars were taken away,’ said a local tribesman. He said that security forces acted like silent spectators and gave a free hand to the vandals.
Sources said that a number of office buildings, newly built residential quarters for government employees and the press club were destroyed.
A recently built security checkpost was blown up. The vandalism continued for several hours as the tribal administration appeared completely helpless.
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