Eight people, including police personnel, were injured in two explosions in Swabi district on Monday.
An official of the district police said Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti’s motorcade was passing through Mall Road, a kilometre away from the city of Swabi, to inaugurate the Swabi-Jehangira Road, when a stationary motorcycle exploded moments after the convoy sped past.
The official said that around one kilogramme of explosives were used in the blast. No casualty or injury was reported in the attack.
He added that three hours after the chief minister left the district, another remote-controlled bomb exploded in the Shewa Adda area, around 15 kilometres north of Swabi.
Eight people, including two policemen, were injured in the blast.
Kalu Khan police Station House Officer (SHO) Fayaz Khan said that unidentified men planted a bomb to a bicycle and parked it near a shop in Shewa Adda.
He said the bomb exploded around 4pm in a usually crowded area of Shewa Adda, adding that a police inspector and a constable along with six civilians were injured in the blast.
Khan said the shop was completely gutted in the incident, adding that police personnel rushed to the site of the blast and cordoned off the area.
The injured, including inspector Murad Khan and constable Waris Khan, were taken to Civil Hospital Kalu Khan, from where they were shifted to Mardan District Headquarters Hospital.
The injured were identified as Shad Ali, Khurshid, Iqbal Hussain, Rasheed Bahadur, Yasin and Saddiq. The SHO also said that a large number of people visited the hospital, including local political leaders and activists.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 23rd, 2012.