A suicide bomber targeting the chief of a tribal militia has killed two people and wounded another five on the outskirts of the city.
The bomber targeted a vehicle carrying aides of Fahimur Rehman, the chief of Bazid Khel Aman Lashker, on Canal Road, in the Bazid Khel area – just outside Peshawar on Tuesday. Rehman, however, remained unhurt.
The bomber, in his teens, detonated the explosives strapped to his body when the vehicle cruised past. The blast destroyed the vehicle, killing two men – a cousin and a security guard of Rehman – and injuring five others.
Luckily, Rehman remained unhurt because he was travelling in another car.
The injured – four passersby and a community police constable – were ferried to Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital (LRH).
Soon after the attack, Rehman’s furious supporters gathered at the site and fired gunshots into the air, whipping up fear among local residents.
Rehman told The Express Tribune that they were travelling to Peshawar in two separate vehicles on two different routes.
“When one of the vehicles reached a bridge on a canal, the suicide bomber jumped on it and detonated the explosives,” he said.
He blamed militants for the attack – but refused to name any particular group. He vowed to avenge the death of his aides.
Shafiullah, the superintendent of police (Rural), confirmed to The Express Tribune that it was a suicide attack. Bomb Disposal Squad chief Shafqat Malik said around eight kilogrammes of ‘high explosives’ were used in the attack.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 13th, 2012.
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