Panic gripped people present at the Jalozai camp on Friday when a bomb was spotted near the handicraft centre in Phase-VIII.
Jalozai police check post in-charge Hafiz Abdul Malik said officials of the handicrafts centre in Sector A informed him about a bomb planted there by unidentified militants. Malik said he rushed to the site along with other police personnel and members of the bomb disposal squad (BDS) and found out it was an old defused bomb.
Authorities were told there was no danger and the centre was made functional again, he added.
Security was tightened around the camp for displaced persons after a remote controlled bomb ripped through a food distribution point on March 21 killing 17 people including a female social worker and injuring 28 others.
Following the incident, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) postponed registration of internally displaced persons from Tirah valley “until a new security plan is chalked out.” Food distribution was also halted.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 30th, 2013.