KHAR: Five people, including three security officials, were killed while one person suffered injuries when two roadside Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) went off in Bajaur Agency on Thursday.
The twin blasts happened in the Bar Chamarkand area of the tribal agency’s Nawagai sub-division near the Pak-Afghan border.
An official of the Political Administration told The Express Tribune that the first explosion killed two tribesmen Anar Gul and Yaday, while the second explosion took place just minutes after when Levies and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were removing the victims’ bodies from the area.
Officials identified the victims as Riaz, Afsar Khan Khattak, and Rohal Amin. Officials said that two of the men were from the FC while one was from the Bajaur Levies.
All bodies were shifted to the casualty ward of the Agency Headquarters Hospital Khar. The area of the blast site was cordoned off by security forces and a search operation began after Assistant Political Agent Tariq Khan arrived at the scene along with other officials.
The injured was identified as Yar Rehman.
Political administration officials confirmed the casualties and said the area was close to the Kunar province of Afghanistan under the influence of Qari Zia-ur-Rahman, a senior commander of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). However, no arrests have been made yet.
Political Agent Islam Zeb, who spoke to the media in Bajaur, called the blasts a cowardly act.
“Anti Pakistan elements do not want peace in the agency. Innocent people are targeted in such attacks which reveal their cowardice,” he said, adding that the people of the agency will help restore peace in their area.