PESHAWAR: Two minor girls sustained injuries when a bomb exploded outside the house of a pro-government tribal elder in the Afghan Colony area on Saturday.
Faqirabad police said that the blast occurred outside the house of Tor Khan early in the morning. A Bomb Disposal Unit official said that the two-kilogramme, locally made explosives were remote detonated. Khan said that two girls – Khadija, 10, and Ayesha, 8, sustained injuries from shards of flying glass. Khan and his family had left their home in Mohmand some eight months back to escape fighting between the local lashkar and the Taliban which completely destroyed their village.
He said that his cousin, Malik Chanadan Khan, who lives in the same house, was among the prominent tribal elders in the area. He felt the Taliban was responsible for the attack. Sources in Mohmand said that Chandan Khan was a prominent tribal elder of Beyzai area. Authorities were pushing him to come back to fight the Taliban. This was the second attack on Mohmand Agency’s tribal elders in Peshawar in less than a week.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2010.