Seven killed, Rs 1 b loss in attack on grid station

April 2, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Peshawar: Armed militants inculcated Rs 1 billion loss after destroying the Shaikh Mohammadi the biggest power station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northwest Pakistan. Seven People were killed and four still missing.

The attackers entered in grid station after cutting the barber wire on the main boundary wall of the grid station.
Three police men were among the killed while four of the Pesco employees were abducted by the attackers and they are still missing. After the attack the grid station had been separated from the national system.

Power rooms and seven vehicles were burnt down during the attack while heavy transformer was destroyed in the attack.

The Peshawar police chief Imtiaz Altaf said dozens of militants were involved in attacking the power grid station at Sheikh
Mohammadi in Badhber. He said the militants attacked it with rockets and mortars, suspending power supply to half of Peshawar city and adjoining areas.

Police said the militants later entered the grid station early Tuesday morning and started setting everything ablaze; The Militants kidnapped nine people and killed five of them, later throwing their bodies in the fields.

He said four workers of the water and power department were still missing and believed to be in custody of the militants.

A spokesman for the Peshawar Electric Supply Company Shaukat Afzal said Rs I billion loss has been inculcated when the entire grid station was destroyed.

Among the seven dead, four were employees of water and power department while three others were policemen.

He said that 500 KV grid station was the biggest power grid station of the province which has completely been damaged. With the destruction of the grid station consumers could face extra power shut down in the city.