Islamabad: At least nine member of an
anti-militant `lashkar` or militia were killed and four others
injured when a bomb went off in the volatile Khyber tribal
region of northwest Pakistan on Sunday, officials said.
The bomb planted by the roadside was detonated when the
members of the lashkar reached a check post in the remote
Tirah Valley that was earlier manned by militants, officials
The attack was blamed on the Lashkar-e-Islam, a banned
militant group led by Mangal Bagh Afridi.
The militia had recently captured the check post from the
militants following a gunbattle.
Militant groups like the Lashkar-e-Islam and
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan often target members of private
militias set up to fight the insurgents.
Scores of pro-government tribesmen have been killed in
attacks by the militants.