WASHINGTON - Angry protesters in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday stormed the offices of a militant group that allegedly killed a university student from South Waziristan region.
Protesters attacked at least two buildings believed to be occupied by pro-government militants in Shaikh Yousef village of Dera Ismail Khan District in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
In addition to burning the buildings, protesters also reportedly set several vehicles on fire that belonged to the militant group.
Militants residing in the buildings managed to escape.
Locals reacted to the death of Idrees, a law student of Gomal University in Dera Ismail Khan district, who was allegedly killed two days ago by the militants.
Local officials, however, charge that the student was killed in a personal dispute with other locals in the area and that a person had already been taken into custody in connection with Idrees’s death.
A press release sent to reporters by the local law enforcement authorities does not talk about militants’ presence in the area of Tuesday’s protest.
In the press release, police said a criminal investigation is underway and action will be taken against those local residents who took the law into their hands and set buildings on fire.
Meanwhile local protesters told VOA that they took things into their own hands after the government failed to meet the Tuesday deadline set by the residents in which the government was asked to arrest 10 suspected militants who were allegedly involved in Idrees’s killing and who were allegedly members of the Taliban.
VOA Deewa contributed to this report.