NGO workers injured in grenade attack

Unidentified assailants attack NGO office in Charsadda.

Mureeb Mohmand August 03, 2012


Two officials of a local NGO were injured when unidentified assailants hurled a hand grenade inside their office on Mardan Road in Charsadda.

SHO Rokhan Zeb told The Express Tribune that around 4:15am, the assailants threw a grenade inside the building of the NGO ‘Help In Need’, injuring two officials. The NGO provides shelter to those affected by the flood in Mirza Deer, Tangi.

The injured, Project Manager Abdul Qayyum and Administration Officer Niaz Baig, residents of Azad Kashmir, were taken to the DHQ Hospital and later shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar.

Qayyum told police that he and Baig were praying in the building’s veranda when the blast occurred. The veranda was partially damaged as well.

“The building is situated on a large area and the blast occurred behind the office where the possibility of someone’s presence at that time is minimal,” said Zaib, adding that no harm was done to the vehicles parked inside the building and other valuable equipment present on the premises.

He said that after the 2010 floods in Charsadda more than 60 NGO’s started functioning in the district, adding that this NGO was providing financial assistance to the poor.

According to sub inspector Liaqat Khan, police have filed an FIR and started investigating the case.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2012.