MIRANSHAH: In another incident of target killing, four tribal maliks (elders) were shot dead in Mir Ali sub-division of North Waziristan tribal district on Monday.

Police said the tribal maliks were targeted at 12:00 noon when they were travelling in a car at Tehsil Road in Mir Ali. The slain tribal elders were identified as Mir Saday Khan, Malik Raza Khan, Malik Abid and Malik Umar Khan, hailing from Alikhel Khaisur.

The bodies of the slain tribal maliks were shifted to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Mir Ali. A police team reached the spot, but the culprits had already escaped. A search operation was launched in the area, but there was no word about any arrest. Police said raids are continuing and they would arrest the culprits soon.

Target killing incidents have become a permanent headache for the law enforcing agencies in North Waziristan. Spike in target killing incidents has worried the locals as well about their safety.

On November 26, four people were killed when armed men opened fire at their vehicle in Mir Ali.

Media reports quoting police said four employees of National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak) were returning from work when unidentified armed men targeted their vehicle, leaving them dead on the spot. District Police Officer (DPO) Shafiullah Gandapur said the dead included one local and three others from Dera Ismail Khan, Abbottabad and Gujranwala districts.

On November 19, a target killer was nabbed by local youth when he along with an accomplice was coming back after killing a boy in Khadri (Sur Kot) area. Local sources said two target killers were coming back after shooting dead a boy when the youth of Khadri village intercepted them and caught hold of one of them, while the other target killer escaped.

On November 05, a target killing incident happened in Mir Ali Bazaar in North Waziristan. Police said a local person, Malik Nafees Haiderkhel was busy in routine shopping in Mir Ali Bazaar when unidentified armed men came on a motorcycle and opened fire on him, leaving him dead on the spot.

On October 31, three people lost their lives and six others were injured in separate incidents in North Waziristan.