Khazana police personnel narrowly missed a roadside bomb attack in Garhi Sobat Khan on the outskirts of the city on Friday.
Police said officials were on routine patrol on foot in Garhi Sobat Khan village when a remote-controlled device was detonated by unidentified militants. The explosion occurred at some distance from the officials, who remained unhurt.
“Our men are safe and unhurt. Around one kilogramme of explosives was used in the device,” said a Khazana police official, adding a search operation was launched in the area and several suspects have been arrested.
A medium-intensity blast took place along the sidewalk on Kohat Road, Mattani Friday morning. Fortunately, no one was hurt and police said the bomb went off either accidently or prematurely.
“The site of the blast is used by the police to park their vehicles along the road during patrols. At around 8am, however, no police officials were around,” said a police official.
At least two kilogrammes of explosives were used in the device, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2013.
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