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Nine people, including policemen, were killed and dozens wounded in two separate bomb and gun attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday, police said, a week after the Taliban refused to extend a ceasefire with the government.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took power last year promising to end years of fighting with Taliban insurgents through peace negotiations. Talks began in February but have achieved little. On Tuesday, three people were killed and 33 others, including 12 policemen, were wounded in a bombing in the Charsadda District during the morning rush hour.
It is the second attack on police in as many days in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after the Taliban refused to extend ceasefire with the government early this month. “The mobile van of police was the target,” SP Charsadda Shafiullah Khan told local media. The van was targeted in Farooq Azam Chowk of tehsil bazaar. More than 30 people were injured in the attack, including policemen, according to district headquarters hospital sources.
The bomb was planted in a motorcycle and the police mobile van was the primary target. The dead also included a shopkeeper¸ SP Shafiullah Khan said. The injured persons were shifted to the district headquarters hospital, while some of the critically injured were shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. In Monday’s attack in Peshawar, six policemen were killed. Militants attacked a police checkpost near the border with Khyber Agency.
Meanwhile, six people, including five policemen and an ambulance driver, were killed in a separate attack on a police patrol on the outskirts of the regional capital of Peshawar overnight. Three others were wounded when militants opened fire. Senior police officer Shafiullah Khan said unknown people had planted a bomb on a motorcycle and parked it near police headquarters in Peshawar. “The bomb went off when a police van carrying 13 policemen for duty was passing through the spot. Three persons were killed and 33 were wounded,” he said. “It seems the police van was the target of the attack.”
On Monday, two people were killed when unidentified armed men opened fire in a vegetable market in Chamkani area of Peshawar, on Monday. According to police, unidentified gunmen opened fire in the vegetable market on Inqelab Road. Two people were killed in the incident while two others were uninjured. On April 16, the Pakistani Taliban formally ended a 40-day ceasefire, saying the government forces had continued to arrest their men and killed more than 50 people associated with the insurgency. The first round of talks collapsed in February after less than a week when the Taliban bombed a bus full of police and executed 23 men from a government paramilitary force they had kidnapped. The Taliban have been fighting for years to overthrow the democratically elected government and impose strict Islamic law on the nation.
Nine suspected militants including three injured with gunshot wounds were arrested from the Lady Reading hospital on Tuesday as they were brought to the hospital for treatment.
The official sources said that the suspected militants belong to a banned outfit operating in the Khyber Agency adding that they were first shifted to the Khyber Teaching Hospital for treatment but were referred to the LRH for further treatment.
The three alleged militants in injured condition were brought by six people in an ambulance to the LRH Peshawar where police arrested all of them.
Some sources claimed that these militants might have been injured in a gun battle with the security forces or due to infighting and were later brought to the hospital for treatment.
The police officials present on the scene refused to give details about the arrests and took away the suspects in a police mobile.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Saleem Aman told that few injured persons were brought to the hospital but they were not admitted for treatment.
The hospital officials said that the suspects including three injured were brought to the hospital but the police arrested them as soon as they were brought and took them away.
Another high ranking official source said that the injured people were brought to the Khyber Teaching Hospital in the morning from the Badbher area where they might have been injured last night in a gun-battle with police after an attack on security forces.
Senior Superintendent of Police Operations Najeebur Rehman Bahwai said that the police have arrested some suspects from Peshawar and are investigating to find their probable link to the Badbher incident.
He said that security forces have also recovered the body of a militant from the spot who was wearing security forces uniform while the severed hand of another has also been recovered from the spot in Badbher where the attack on police had left five dead.

A Thirty five year old Saudi women Hanadi Al Hindi has become the first licensed female pilot in the Kingdom who had battled kidney problems acquired licensing from the Jeddah based General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to fly planes in Saudi Arabia.

Al Hindi who wears a headscarf has begun flying small and wide bodied luxury planes belonging to a fleet from the Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) Arab News reported.

Khaled Al Khaibary a GACA spokesman neither confirmed nor denied awarding the license to Al Hindi saying he would verify the information.

Al Hindi however confirmed receipt of the license via telephone from the United States. Saudi women are capable of taking on any job previously held exclusively by men in Saudi Arabia, she said. Al Hindi refused to divulge anymore information owing to contractual obligations and sensitivity surrounding the topic.

I have however taken on a private initiative to counsel Saudi students in the US who are willing to pursue a career in aviation said Al Hindi who acquired a Commercial Pilot's License (CPL) and an Instrument Rating (IR) from the Amman based Mideast Aviation Academy in 2002.

Exciting opportunities await candidates in this field. Al Hindi became the Kingdom's first woman pilot after being hired by Kingdom Holding Company Chairman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. She became something of a celebrity after gaining her commercial pilot's license way back in 2006.

Al Hindi said that she was proud of herself and her family for supporting her in choosing this career. She described her first solo flight in 2004 as the beginning of her dream career.

Two days after my solo flight I discovered that my name was being mentioned all over the world and that I had become a celebrity Al Hindi said in an earlier interview with Arab News.