Police said a motorcycle suspected of being armed militants ambushed a vehicle carrying a lecturer at a private vocational school in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing four women and killing the driver. The attack took place in the Epi village of Mir Ali, a small town in the former tribal area bordering Afghanistan in North Waziristan.
The police said that according to an agreement with the Sabahwan Pakistan Charity, the Bravo Institute of Technology in Peshawar sent the murdered women to the village. They plan to train 140 residents in skilled occupations, which will enable them to start their own businesses.
“Is this a way to give back to someone’s hard work for the poor?” Fayaz Khan, the school’s chief executive, told NBC News.
Arfan Ullah Marwat, spokesperson for Sabawon Charity, said these women are not their employees.
Gandapur said that if the police made security requirements in areas where militants stepped up their attacks on troops in recent months, the attack might be avoided.
The injured driver Abdul Khaliq said he saw the assailants on two motorcycles opening fire and then fled. He said that he was hired by the Bravo Institute to bring these women from Bannu town back to Mir Ali town and then back.
The attack drew condemnation from human rights defenders on social media, most of whom demanded prompt action against those responsible.
Pakistani militants have intensified their activities in the area in recent months, increasing their fear of gathering in the area, which was once a Taliban stronghold.
Militants also frequently attack Pakistani forces in the former tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
The northern and southern regions of Waziristan have been the main bases for local and foreign militants until the military ensured the safety of the area in 2015.