PESHAWAR: A remote-controlled blast on Sheikh Muhammadi Road in Peshawar killed four Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) personnel and seriously injured another person on Monday.
Sub-inspector Abdul Haq, head constable Imtiaz, Aminul Haq and their driver Kashif were among the deceased. The injured civilian was identified as Nazaul Haq.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, BDU Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Shafqat Malik said that their team was going to inspect the site of a blast in a motorcycle workshop which occurred last night when a road side bomb exploded, killing three personnel on the spot.
The injured were taken to Lady Reading Hospital.
Police found the remote used in the attack around 15 meters away from the site of the explosion during a search operation.
“It is a great loss but our morale is high and BDU will continue its duty in the on-going war on terror,” Malik said, adding that they only had 34 qualified and trained employees in the province who were overburdened, but were trying to increase the number of personnel and ensure their presence in all 25 districts in the province.
The last rites of the deceased personnel were offered in Malik Saad Police Lines with a guard of honor attended by the governor and other police officials. The bodies were sent to their ancestral towns for burial.
On November 16, two people including a police officer were injured in a roadside blast on Kohat Road in Peshawar. The blast had taken place near a police mobile which was on its routine patrol. According to BDS, four to five kilogrammes of explosives were used in the blast.
On November 13, an Army convoy had escaped unhurt in a remote controlled road side bomb blast on Ring Road in Peshawar. The convoy was on its way from Hayatabad to Kohat Road. The explosion, however, had occurred when the convoy had passed and there was no damage or loss of life in the attack. The BDS had inspected the site of the explosion and said that it was a home-made low intensity device of around one kilogram.
On October 10, a blast in Achini area in Peshawar had left one person injured. A security forces vehicle was reportedly the target of the explosion. Unidentified persons had started blind firing after the blast.
On October 7, a remote-controlled bomb explosion in Peshawar had killed two police officers and injured eight others. The explosion took place near a hospital in the Budh Bher area of the city. The target of the blast was a police van which was providing security to a polio team.