American aid worker killed in Pakistan
Militants' increasingly brazen attacks highlight Pakistan's inability to prevent violence.
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The incident was the latest in a spate of attacks on foreigners that began on Monday, when masked militants seized at least 12 trucks carrying two US military Humvees and a US military jeep, as well as supplies, reports The News, a leading English-language daily in Pakistan.Skip to next paragraph
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They had intercepted the trailers at four points... in the Khyber Pass and hijacked them along with the drivers, who were later freed. The militants emptied the containers, mostly carrying wheat, and distributed the goods among the people and kept some for their own use.
One of the trailers was loaded with two Humvees and jeeps, which were captured by the militants and driven around later on the Jamrud Road. The militants even put a white-cloth banner inscribed with the name of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) headed by Baitullah Mehsud on one of the Humvees.
In a related incident on Tuesday, militants also destroyed a US military jeep, according to the Daily Times, a leading Pakistani English-language newspaper.
Suspected Taliban set fire to a truck carrying a US military jeep to Karachi near the Machni checkpost in Khyber Agency on Tuesday.
The Afghan driver of the truck is missing. In the ensuing clashes, three people were killed in the Kas Ghundi locality of Machni.
The Pakistani military moved to recover the vehicles, pounding militant hideouts with artillery and helicopter fire. But those attacks appear to have killed more civilians than militants, Dawn adds.
Three militants and five other people were killed and seven others injured when security forces launched an operation in the outskirts of Peshawar and adjoining Khyber and Mohmand tribal regions on Tuesday to recover two Humvee vehicles and military goods looted by militants on Monday.
One of the Humvees and the jeep were recovered, but the fate of the other Humvee is unknown, The News adds. Civilian resentment, meanwhile, has grown.
Enraged residents blocked the busy Pak-Afghan highway on Tuesday to protest the death of a student during an assault by military gunship helicopters on the militants loyal to Baitullah Mehsud as choppers continued to pound suspected hideouts of the militants in the Khyber Agency for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.