Militants kidnap 15 FC troops in Tank
Armed militants attacked Frontier Constabulary fort in Tank in South Waziristan on Friday killing one soldier and kidnapping 15 others, according to Commandant FC Abdul Majeed Marwat. The blatant attack was followed by a statement from Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan mentioning the abducted troops would be killed.
The pre-dawn attack by Pakistani Taliban Fighters took place 35 kilometres north of Tank, the southern district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Local police Chief Ejad Abid confirmed that at least 35 militants armed with assault rifles attacked Frontier Corps’ Mullazai fort in Tank district before dawn on Friday. Besides abducting the troops, the militants burned down buildings and captured a significant
amount of weapons, said Abid.
Giving the details of casualties and injuries, the police chief said that one soldier was killed and two were wounded in the fighting. Another 15 are still missing and believed to have been kidnapped, he added further. Abid said that at least 22 soldiers
were missing originally, but seven managed to return.
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, speaking to local reporters from an undisclosed location, claimed responsibility for the attack adding it was carried out to avenge the death of a local Taliban commander Taj Gul in a U.S. drone strike in October
in the South Waziristan tribal area, a key sanctuary for the militants. Ehsan claimed they had kidnapped 30 soldiers.
But another Taliban commander Asmatullah Shaheen, who claimed he carried out the attack, told the media that he had 15 soldiers in his custody adding some others managed to escape after the militants captured them.
Shaheen said militants attacked the Pakistani soldiers in response because of the country’s alliance with the US.
The Taliban spokesman, made it clear that they don’t have any intention of bargaining for the release of abducted soldiers.
”We are going to cut these soldiers into pieces one by one, and we will send these pieces to their commanders,” said Ehsan.