PESHAWAR: Four policemen were injured in a roadside bomb blast at College Chowk, in the jurisdiction of Yakatoot police station early on Sunday morning.
A police vehicle was on routine patrol in the area when a device planted on the roadside was detonated. The medium-intensity blast damaged the vehicle, injuring ASI Hassan Gul, constable Ijaz Ahmad, Dilawar Khan and Rehmanullah. The wounded were rushed to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) where their condition is stated to be critical.
Police said at least 2.5 kilogrammes of highly explosive material were used in the device. An official added the bomb was buried in the ground and detonated via remote-control.
The frequency of attacks on police officials is increasing in the city. On Thursday morning, Frontier Reserve Police (FRP) Deputy Commandant Gul Wali Khan was seriously injured while his driver and gunman were killed when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire at their vehicle in Gulbahar.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2013.