Four women killed by terrorists in NW Pakistan: police

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (XINHUA) – Four women were shot dead by terrorists in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal district of North Waziristan, police in the area said yesterday.

A statement from the district police in North Waziristan said unidentified gunmen fired at a vehicle carrying the women near Mir Ali, a major town in North Waziristan that borders Afghanistan.

“The ladies reportedly working for NGO (non-governmental organisation) have been targetted and killed by terrorists,” the statement said. It added that a search and strike operation is being continued in the Mir Ali area to trace the terrorists.

Police said the driver of the car was injured and shifted to a local hospital for treatment. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack. The authorities routinely blame militant groups for attacks in the tribal districts.

Located along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, North Waziristan used to be a hotbed of militancy, but security forces have successfully flushed out the terrorists from the area in offensives.