BANNU: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Friday distributed compensation cheques among the families of slain aid workers in North Waziristan tribal district.

Commissioner Bannu Shaukat Ali Yousafzai handed over cheques of Rs500,000 each to the relatives of the slain women aid workers. On February 22, four women aid workers were killed, while their driver was injured in a firing incident in Mir Ali when armed men ambushed four women as they were travelling in a vehicle through a village.

The aid workers were affiliated with a programme run by non-governmental organisation (NGO) Sabawon running skill development prgramme  for women. The deceased women and injured driver hailed from Bannu.

Soon after a day of the incident, the security forces killed a terrorist commander involved in killing of the aid workers.

The security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan upon confirmation of presence of terrorists. During exchange of fire, terrorist commander Hassan alias Sajna of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Hafiz Gul Bahadur group was killed.

The military’s media wing said the terrorist commander was involved in killing of four female aid workers in Mir Ali. The killed terrorist was involved in terrorist activities against the security forces and civilians including improvised explosive device (IED) attacks, kidnapping for ransom, target killings, extortion. He was also involved in recruiting terrorists for sabotage activities.

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