MARDAN: The body of a nine-year-old boy, who went missing under mysterious circumstances in Katlang area of Mardan, was found on Friday.

The body bearing torture marks was handed over to heirs after post mortem. TNN correspondent reported that Ismail, son of Mumtaz, who was a student of third grade, went missing on Thursday evening from Purana Mohallah area of Katlang. The family members searched for him everywhere, but could not find him.

Police personnel were also helping the family members and villagers in search for the missing boy. The search continued on Thursday night and the body of Ismail was found in an irrigation water channel on Friday morning. Police first shifted the body to Type-D Hospital Katlang for post mortem and then shifted it to Peshawar for DNA samples and other investigation.

The whole area is soaked in grief and sorrow over the tragic incident and people are demanding arrest of the killer and strict exemplary to him.

District Police Officer (DPO) Zahidullah, soon after receiving information about the incident, reached the incident site. He visited the victim family, offered Fateha for the departed soul, and assured that the killer will be arrested soon. The DPO said the body of the child had some torture marks. He said police cannot say anything about sexual abuse at this stage. He said further action will be taken in the light of the autopsy report.

The father of the slain child said he has no enmity with anyone. He demanded justice for his son who was killed so mercilessly without any fault.

North Waziristan bomb attack

Unidentified miscreants hurled a hand grenade on the house of Sakeenullah Dawar, Moharrar of Additional Sessions Judge North Waziristan, on Friday.

Sakeenullah’s younger brother, Yasir was injured in the grenade attack. The injured was shifted to a nearby hospital where his condition was stated to be out of danger.

The Bannu Township Police immediately reached the spot and filed first information (FIR) against unknown miscreants. Investigation into the incident is underway.

On November 30, four tribal maliks (elders) were shot dead in Mir Ali sub-division of North Waziristan.

Police said the tribal maliks were targeted when they were travelling in a car at Tehsil Road in Mir Ali.