PESHAWAR: Two bombs were defused in Sheikhan and Matani villages on the outskirts of the city, while a third exploded. A bomb was defused in Sheikhan village. Police said that the remote-controlled explosive device had been buried in the ground intended to attack police vehicles on patrol. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) defused it before it exploded. In another incident, a bomb was planted in a house in Matani was defused. In the third incident, another bomb, which had been planted in the jurisdiction of the same police station, exploded in Gulsahanabad. The gate of a house belonging to Nawab Afridi was damaged by the blast. Afridi had been threatened by militants, who demanded he pay them money. Police officials said his refusal to pay the militants led them to plant the device near his residence.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2012.