PESHAWAR: At least five people were killed and four others injured in a series of explosions in parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).
A woman was killed, while her four children were injured when unidentified assailants hurled a hand grenade at a house in Bachi Korona area of Nasir Bagh, on the outskirts of Peshawar. A police officer at the Nasir Bagh Police Station said the motive behind the attack was an old feud.
In Khyber Agency, three people were killed after a remote-controlled bomb planted in a car detonated near Mastak area, security officials said. All passengers were members of the Zakhakhel tribe.
A 16-year-old boy was killed when a gas cylinder exploded in a factory in Gadoon Industrial Estate, District Swabi. An officer at the Gadoon Police Station confirmed the incident and said the blast occurred at a beverage factory called Muslim Cola. “Waqas Kapoor was working alone in the factory at that time since other people had left for lunch,“ he added.
In another blast, a house was destroyed in Molagori area of Jamrud subdivision Khyber Agency. According to Shakeel Ahmad, a political administration official in Molagori, the house was detonated near Marble Chowk. Fortunately, no causalities were reported. “A small amount of explosives were planted around the boundary wall of the house,” he said. But a local tribesman denied the report and said militants had planted the bomb to destroy a gambling den in the area.
An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded inside a tent at the Jalozai Camp. Jan Akbar, a police officer at the Jalozai Police Station said the blast burnt down the tent, but there were no fatalities because no one was inside the tent at that time.
Soon after the explosion, police launched a search operation at the camp in which several suspects were arrested. “We have shifted them to an undisclosed location for interrogation,” SHO Jan Akbar said.
Additional reporting by Our Correspondents in Landi Kotal, Pabbi and Swabi.
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