4 women aid workers killed in North Waziristan

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MIRANSHAH: Four women aid workers were killed, while their driver was injured in a firing incident in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan tribal district on Monday. Unidentified armed men ambushed four women as they were travelling in a vehicle through a village in North Waziristan. District Police Officer (DPO) Shafiullah Gandapur said one woman survived the assault. He said the aid workers were affiliated with a programme run by non-governmental organisation to develop household skills for women.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, said the police chief, adding that it was surely an act of terrorism. The sources said the incident happened around 9:30am when the women were coming from Bannu to impart training of sewing and embroidery to women of a local village when unidentified armed men, who were hiding their faces, came on a motorcycle and opened fire on the NGO’s vehicle killing the workers on spot. The driver was rushed to Mir Ali Hospital where his condition was stated to be stable.

The deceased women had been identified as Ayesha Bibi, Jawariya Bibi, Naheed Bibi and Irshad Bibi. The deceased women and injured driver hailed from Bannu. One of the women, Maryam Bibi, was lucky as she jumped out of the car before the incident occurred and took refuges inside a house in the village. Police said they are conducting raids to nab the suspects. A search operation was also carried out in the area.

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