KOHAT: Terrorists belonging to a banned organisation attacked the Azeem Bagh residence of Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Shamim Afridi with a grenade here on Thursday night and also opened fire over the lawmaker’s alleged refusal to pay them extortion, the police said, adding nobody was hurt in the attack.

Recently, they said the same group had opened fire on the flour mills of the senator, demanding extortion money.

Bilitang police station SHO Abdul Rauf told Dawn on Friday that the grenade hit the rooftop of the house of Shamim Afridi’s son Ibraheem Afridi, who lives in a joint family house with his brothers, MPA and PPP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa information secretary Amjid Afridi and former federal minister Abbas Afridi.

Zor Afridi, a son of Ibraheem Afridi, told the Counter-Terrorism Department police that they had been receiving threats of killing and extortion from a terrorist organisation. He said wall of the roof and the main door were damaged in the attack.

Heavy firing was also heard after the attack as the private and official guards at the house retaliated the fire, forcing the terrorists to flee, the police said.

The CTD registered a case and launched further investigations.

A contingent of police reached the scene and launched a search operation to trace the attackers.

DENGUE CASES: Seventeen dengue cases have been reported in Lachi tehsil and three in Kohat tehsil, district focal person for dengue Dr Haroon said, adding the affected were under treatment. He said the health department in collaboration with TMA had fumigated the affected areas.

Meanwhile, Darra Adamkhel subdivision dengue focal person Misal Khan and in-charge Zaheen Alam distributed pamphlets and brochures among the people during a dengue awareness campaign in the area, which has also witnessed several cases of the vector-borne disease.

Published in Dawn, September 3rd, 2022

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