Two pro-govt. tribal elders killed near Khar - Pakistan Today

Two pro-govt. tribal elders killed near Khar

Militants armed with guns and rockets killed two members of a pro-government militia and wounded two policemen in a tribal district on the Afghanistan border, officials said Friday.

The militant attack in the northwestern district of Bajaur came just days after US officials said they hoped to open peace talks with the Afghan Taliban in Doha, capital of the Gulf state of Qatar.

About a dozen militants attacked the homes of two tribal elders near Khar, the main town in Bajaur, late Thursday, administration official Abdul Haseeb said.

The two elders, who were members of a pro-government tribal militia, were killed and two tribal policemen were wounded, Haseeb told agencies.

A security official in the area confirmed the attack and the casualties.

“Their targets were the tribal elders,” he said.

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