Kohistan bus attack FC, police jointly guard KKH

Kohistan bus attack FC, police jointly guard KKH

The Frontier Constabulary (FC) has been deployed along with the police on Karakoram Highway (KKH) in Kohistan to ensure security to travellers on the road that leads to Gilgit-Baltistan and onward to the border with China.

Three platoons were deployed in the backdrop of the bus attack in which 16 passengers were killed in Harban Nala area in Kohistan district on the boundary with Gilgit-Baltistan on February 28.

Kohistan District Police Officer Mohammad Ilyas told reporters that besides deployment of the FC, a number of patrolling police parties were already deployed on the highway had been increased manifold. He said patrolling would continue round-the-clock to avert any untoward happening on the road.

It was learnt that the FC was also deployed at three bridges at Darail, Tangier and Dodishall to restrict possible infiltration of miscreants.

An investigation team headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Hazara range, Dr Mohammad Naeem also visited Kohistan on Friday and met officials of the police and other law-enforcement agencies. The team, constituted by Interior Minister Rehman Malik to probe the bus attack, also dispatched officials of the law-enforcement agencies to ascertain clues gathered during the preliminary investigation.

A member of the team said on condition of anonymity that some important evidence had been gathered during the preliminary investigation and those could lead to a breakthrough in the case.

The investigation team also includes representatives of the Inter-Services Intelligence and other secret agencies. No arrest has been made so far and the inquiry team is also trying to find out whether any banned outfit is involved in the carnage.

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