Attacks thwarted: Three bombs defused in Bannu

Explosives planted outside officials’ residences weighed 3kg each.

Our Correspondent August 07, 2013
Explosives planted outside officials’ residences weighed 3kg each.PHOTO: FILE

BANNU: Three bombs planted by unidentified militants in Miryan area of Bannu district were defused by the bomb disposal squad (BDS) in separate incidents back-to-back early Wednesday morning.

BDS in-charge Wasal Khan said a pedestrian spotted a bomb planted near Government Girls High School, Mandev at 3am and informed the police.

Khan said he along with other officials rushed to the site and found the explosives placed in a container near the boundary wall of the school.

The explosives were attached to a timed device and the officials managed to defuse it before the blast.

Khan added after clearing the school building, he was informed by the Miryan police of another bomb which was spotted near the house of police constable Qalandar Shah. Officials were dispatched to the area and the explosives were successfully defused.

As soon as they were done with the second bomb, the squad was called over to the residence of Quick Response Force official Waheed Khan with the news of yet another device planted outside the main gate by suspected militants.

The area was cordoned off and entries were sealed while the BDS officials defused the third device.

Khan said three kilogrammes of explosives each were used for the devices planted outside the officials’ houses while the bomb targeting a girls high school weighed five kg.

Police also launched a search operation in the area but no arrests were made till the filing of this report.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2013.