Police say suspected Taliban militants have killed a pro-government tribal leader in Pakistan's northwest.
Haji Khalil ur Rehman was shot and killed Wednesday in Shangla district, bordering Swat Valley. Family members tell VOAat least 50 militants took part in the attack. Security guards retaliated and killed two of the militants.
The Pakistani military launched an offensive in the region against the
Taliban about three months ago, after the collapse of a peace deal to
impose strict Islamic law (Sharia) in Swat Valley.
Militants have retaliated with stepped-up attacks, including a suicide
bombing last month in Lahore. The bombing killed a prominent Islamic
cleric (Sarfraz Naeemi) who had supported the military crackdown on the Taliban.
Elsewhere in the northwest, police say a Shi'ite Muslim lawyer was
wounded and his guard killed when a bomb ripped through the parking
area of a court in the city of Dera Ismail Khan, in North West Frontier Province, Wednesday.