Giglit, August 16: As many as 19 people were hauled off three passenger vans they were travelling in and after verification of their identity bullets were sprayed on them by masked miscreants. The tragic incident took place early this morning at 7am at Lolo Sar area of Jhalkhat, Narran/Kaghan area, some 35 KMs downward towards Naran from Babusar top, Police said.
“ They have killed only 19 passengers, after checking their identities. All of them died on the spot”, District Police Officer Mansehra, Sher Akbar Khan told this correspondent by phone.
DPO Mansehra added that all three vans were Astor bound and headed from Rawal Pindi and were intercepted early morning. He said that the terrorist took the Identity documents of the victims with them and it was hard to recognize them by name but the people of same area identified them.
Police official further added that the bodies were being transported to Mansehra where doctors would perform post mortem and later bodies will be handed over to legal heirs, after identification.
Another Police officer of Gilgit-Baltistan on the condition of anonymity said that there were four vans and all these passengers were taken off the vans. He said that after identifying them they were lined up and sprayed with sprayed by the miscreants, before escaping .
The police officer who visited the site to assist his counterpart from the other side stated that when he reached the spots bodies were laying scattered and some were handcuffed.
“The same analogy of Kohistan incident was applied in this act of terrorism which shows the same group has carried out this incident” he said requesting anonymity.
The media faced difficulties in covering the incident because the site did not have signals of mobile and nor there was any contact through wireless.
The news of incident spread like fire in the Gilgit Baltistan as market in the Gilgit emptied of people as soon as it reached.
The Police official of Narran Police Station Shafi Gul told by phone that two foreign tourists along with their Pakistani guides were the first to reach the site of offense and reported to the Police.
Police identified those who were killed as Yaqqob Ali Son of Hussain, Sajid Hussain son of Bashir, Ijlal Hussain son of Khadim, Ghulam Mustafa son Of Khushal (Suni) Muhammad Hanif Son Ghulam Muhammad ,Mazhar Ali son of Hazar Ali ,Ghulam Nabiu son of Ghulam Haider ,Nisar son of Farman ,Ishtiaq son of Dolat Ali, Musharraf Alam Ali Muhammd and all of them belonged to Astore.
Furthermore, police identified them as Muhammad Hussain son of Najaf Ali a resident of Shah Faisal Colony Karachi, Finda Ali Son of Zulfiqar Ali ,Mansoor Khan son of Musa, Haider Aman son of Shaullah and they belonged to Bagrote.
The last one who was identified as Tahir Mehmood son of Abdul Qadir Mugal a resident of Gujranwala.
Four bodies could not be identified so far. There were two Sunnis among those who were identified while rest 13 were Shia and the sect of remaining four is yet to be known, added the Police officer.
There were region wide protest to denounce the act of terrorism and people demanded of the government to take action against the culprits.
A high level meeting of law enforcement agencies took place in Chief Minister house and Masajid Boards were taken on board.
Patrolling of the forces was increased and search of vehicles was begin. Till filing of this there was no report of any untoward incident from any part of the region