Hangu, Pakistan - In one of the most terrible instances of terrorism, militants stormed the house of a lady constable in Tootkas, Tehsil Tal of Hangu District (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), killing her along with almost her entire family, early dawn, January 15, 2011.
According to Hangu based journalist Abdul Munaim Khan, the victim named Shamshad Begum was the head constable of Levies force appointed at the Chapri check post that borders on Hangu and Kurram Agency’s boundary. In the early hours, at about 3 am on Saturday morning, several armed militants attacked the officer’s house and opened reckless fire on the family, killing Shamshad Begum and five other members of her family. The only survivors of the incident are Gulzar Khan’s 6-year-old son, who was injured by the firing, and Shmashad Begum’s 20-year-old sister who hid under a bed, escaping the notice of the invaders.
According to local sources, Shamshad Begum had played an important role in getting a number of terrorists arrested and she had received threats earlier by the militants, who had marked her as their enemy. A year ago, militants also had placed explosives near her house but the attempt failed had to harm Shamshad Begum or deter her from fulfilling her duty as security officer.