Militants kill pro-govt militiamen in Bajaur: Officials

KHAR: Militants armed with guns and rockets killed two members of a pro-government militia and wounded two policemen in Bajaur, officials said Friday.

The militant attack came just days after US officials said they hoped to open peace talks with the Afghan Taliban in Doha, capital of the Gulf state of Qatar.

About a dozen insurgents attacked the homes of two tribal elders near Khar, the main town in Bajaur, late Thursday, administration official Abdul Haseeb said.

The two elders, who were members of a pro-government tribal militia, were killed and two tribal policemen were wounded, Haseeb told AFP.

A security official in the area confirmed the attack and the casualties. “Their targets were the tribal elders,” he said.