Attacks increase fears of Peshawars fall to Taliban

December 9th, 2008 - 11:41 am ICT by ANI  


Peshawar, Dec.9 (ANI): The attacks by terrorists on NATO supplies outside Peshawar have reportedly deepened apprehensions of the possible fall of the city to the Taliban.
It maybe recalled that armed men stormed two poorly guarded freight terminals on the citys Ring Road in the early hours on December 7 and burnt around 150 vehicles bound for NATO forces in Afghanistan.
A similar attack was carried out on December 8 at the same time on the same road, leading to the burning of 50 more trucks and armoured vehicles.
A total of three people have so far been killed and another three injured in the three attacks.
Peshawar citizens, according to the Daily Times, are now questioning the ability of police and armed forces to ensure the writ of the government.
Many of the people living in the citys upscale areas like Hayatabad have already shifted their families to their native towns and villages.
Some said they have stopped evening walks and attending dinners outside.
Others have strated closing their shops earlier than scheduled and stopped offering prayers mosques.
They are particularly fearful of attacks coming from the Jamrud and Bara areas of the Khyber Agency, which are known for having heightened Taliban activity.
A senior government official told Daily Times, We can no longer reassure the people with words that things will get better. This is terrible … this is getting out of control now. (ANI)

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