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Remains of 16 coal miners kidnapped in Khyber nearly a decade ago found in mass grave
Umar BachaPublished April 9, 2021 - Updated about 3 hours ago
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Families of the slain miners and local political leaders stand next to their coffins in Dara Adamkhel on Friday. — Photo by author

Families of the slain miners and local political leaders stand next to their coffins in Dara Adamkhel on Friday. — Photo by author
The remains of 16 coal miners abducted by unidentified assailants in the former Khyber Agency nearly a decade ago were recovered from a mass grave in the area on Friday, an official said.
On Sept 9, 2011, as they were working their routine night shift in a coal mine of the Kala Khel area in Khyber Agency, 32 workers were forcibly taken away by armed men. Of these, 16 miners managed to escape over the next months, while the other 16 remained missing.
The 32 miners belonged to the Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Efforts to trace the abducted workers remained unsuccessful for nearly 10 years until their bodies were found today in a mass grave discovered at Toor Sapawar Pastawana area of KP's Khyber tribal district.
Weeks after the kidnapping, sources had told Dawn that the miners' captors had refused to release them even if ransom was paid.
Militants had demanded Rs1.5 million for release of the kidnapped workers and the local committee had agreed to pay the amount but later the kidnappers refused to release the labourers so the money was not paid, a tribal elder said at the time.
“Militants have threatened to kill the kidnapped labourers if government initiates any operation against them in the region,” he added.
Sarfaraz Khan, a spokesperson for the Shangla Coalmine Workers Association, said they reached Toor Sapawar Pastawana accompanied by political leaders after receiving information about the discovery of a mass grave on Thursday. A rescue operation was subsequently launched as rescuers dug up the grave.
Rescue workers initially recovered the remains of six miners, before finding 10 other bodies.
Khan said the miners appeared to have been killed soon after their abduction; some of their bodies were identified through their clothes, while some were recognisable through their physical features.
A mass funeral will be held on Saturday for the miners whose remains were recovered today, the SCMWA spokesperson added.




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Remains of 16 coal miners kidnapped in Khyber nearly a decade ago found in mass grave
Umar BachaPublished April 9, 2021 - Updated about 3 hours ago
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Families of the slain miners and local political leaders stand next to their coffins in Dara Adamkhel on Friday. — Photo by author

Families of the slain miners and local political leaders stand next to their coffins in Dara Adamkhel on Friday. — Photo by author
The remains of 16 coal miners abducted by unidentified assailants in the former Khyber Agency nearly a decade ago were recovered from a mass grave in the area on Friday, an official said.
On Sept 9, 2011, as they were working their routine night shift in a coal mine of the Kala Khel area in Khyber Agency, 32 workers were forcibly taken away by armed men. Of these, 16 miners managed to escape over the next months, while the other 16 remained missing.
The 32 miners belonged to the Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Efforts to trace the abducted workers remained unsuccessful for nearly 10 years until their bodies were found today in a mass grave discovered at Toor Sapawar Pastawana area of KP's Khyber tribal district.
Weeks after the kidnapping, sources had told Dawn that the miners' captors had refused to release them even if ransom was paid.
Militants had demanded Rs1.5 million for release of the kidnapped workers and the local committee had agreed to pay the amount but later the kidnappers refused to release the labourers so the money was not paid, a tribal elder said at the time.
“Militants have threatened to kill the kidnapped labourers if government initiates any operation against them in the region,” he added.
Sarfaraz Khan, a spokesperson for the Shangla Coalmine Workers Association, said they reached Toor Sapawar Pastawana accompanied by political leaders after receiving information about the discovery of a mass grave on Thursday. A rescue operation was subsequently launched as rescuers dug up the grave.
Rescue workers initially recovered the remains of six miners, before finding 10 other bodies.
Khan said the miners appeared to have been killed soon after their abduction; some of their bodies were identified through their clothes, while some were recognisable through their physical features.
A mass funeral will be held on Saturday for the miners whose remains were recovered today, the SCMWA spokesperson added.




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Remains of ‘16 abducted coalminers’ found in K-P mass grave

Kohat DPO says DNA test is being carried out to uncover truth behind the incident that took place nearly a decade ago

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April 09, 2021


16 labourers had gone missing in shangla district of k p in september 2011 photo express


16 labourers had gone missing in Shangla district of K-P in September 2011. PHOTO: EXPRESS


KOHAT: The remains of 16 unidentified persons have been recovered from a mass grave in Toor Chapper, a remote area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Darra Adam Khel town, police said.

The remains likely belonged to coalminers abducted by militants from Kalakhel area in 2011, Kohat DPO Suhail Khalid told The Express Tribune on Friday, adding that local tribesmen were approached to identify the victims.

At least 34 coalminers had gone missing in K-P’s Shangla district in September 2011 after at least two dozen militants raided the base camp of the labourers mostly hailed from Swat, Kohistan and Shangla areas of Malakand Division.

“The remains of bodies will undergo a DNA test, which will help uncover the truth about the incident which led to their death,” the police official added.





Meanwhile, a rescue official said that bodies were recovered during a search operation in Toor Chapper area.

According to him, the remains belonged to 16 out of 34 miners who had gone missing in 2011 while working in the field. Bodies of the labors were being shifted to their ancestral towns, he added.
 

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