PESHAWAR: Three people were injured in a roadside bomb attack targeting the car of a senior government official on Peshawar’s Ring Road on Friday morning.
An improvised explosive device (IED) planted in a motorcycle was detonated when the vehicle of deputy director of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) drove past in Dir Colony, according to police.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Jamaatul Ahrar faction claimed responsibility for the attack.
“A bomb blast occurred near Deputy Director PDMA Shakeel Khan’s official vehicle,” the PDMA spokesperson said, adding that the director and his assistant were safe.
The injured were driven to the Lady Reading Hospital and Naseerullah Khan Babar Memorial Hospital where two of them have been identified as Latif, 29, and Wadan Gul, 47. Medics said their wounds were not life threatening.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the IED attack, but similar assaults in the past had been carried out by different Taliban factions.
In November last year, Additional Inspector General (AIG) of K-P Police Ashraf Noor and his guard Habibullah were martyred in a suicide bomb attack on his convoy in the Hayatabad area of Peshawar.
The suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into the AIG’s vehicle in the police convoy at the junction of Hayatabad Phase I and II. Noor was on way to the Central Police Office (CPO) when he came under attack.