Four bomb disposal unit personnel killed in Peshawar blast

Published: December 16, 2013
File photo of a bomb disposal squad official. PHOTO: ONLINE / FILE

File photo of a bomb disposal squad official. PHOTO: ONLINE / FILE

PESHAWAR: A remote-controlled blast on Sheikh Muhammadi Road in Peshawar killed four Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) personnel and seriously injured another person on Monday.

Sub-inspector Abdul Haq, head constable Imtiaz, Aminul Haq and their driver Kashif were among the deceased. The injured civilian was identified as Nazaul Haq.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, BDU Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Shafqat Malik said that their team was going to inspect the site of a blast in a motorcycle workshop which occurred last night when a road side bomb exploded, killing three personnel on the spot.

The injured were taken to Lady Reading Hospital.

Police found the remote used in the attack around 15 meters away from the site of the explosion during a search operation.

“It is a great loss but our morale is high and BDU will continue its duty in the on-going war on terror,” Malik said, adding that they only had 34 qualified and trained employees in the province who were overburdened, but were trying to increase the number of personnel and ensure their presence in all 25 districts in the province.

The last rites of the deceased personnel were offered in Malik Saad Police Lines with a guard of honor attended by the governor and other police officials. The bodies were sent to their ancestral towns for burial.

Previous blasts

On November 16, two people including a police officer were injured in a roadside blast on Kohat Road in Peshawar. The blast had taken place near a police mobile which was on its routine patrol. According to BDS, four to five kilogrammes of explosives were used in the blast.

On November 13, an Army convoy had escaped unhurt in a remote controlled road side bomb blast on Ring Road in Peshawar. The convoy was on its way from Hayatabad to Kohat Road. The explosion, however, had occurred when the convoy had passed and there was no damage or loss of life in the attack. The BDS had inspected the site of the explosion and said that it was a home-made low intensity device of around one kilogram.

On October 10, a blast in Achini area in Peshawar had left one person injured. A security forces vehicle was reportedly the target of the explosion. Unidentified persons had started blind firing after the blast.

On October 7, a remote-controlled bomb explosion in Peshawar had killed two police officers and injured eight others. The explosion took place near a hospital in the Budh Bher area of the city. The target of the blast was a police van which was providing security to a polio team.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Kanwal
    Dec 16, 2013 - 9:03AM

    Our real heroes


  • Dharna
    Dec 16, 2013 - 9:11AM

    It is unfortunate that PTI is turning a blind eye to KPK province, doing nothing to improve security situation and protect its people from such attacks, all PTI is doing is just dharna politics and point scoring which is the easiest thing to do.


  • Strategic Asset
    Dec 16, 2013 - 9:23AM

    Just another day in Pakistan.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 16, 2013 - 9:45AM

    Our best and bravest.


  • Ahmed
    Dec 16, 2013 - 10:18AM

    it targeted a Bomb Disposal Squad and previous blasts have targeted security forces which means kpk security forces are active and playing their role in protecting citizens and giving their life for the citizens which is a sign of bravery that a soldier have for his country.


  • Fahad
    Dec 16, 2013 - 11:24AM

    Dear Mr.Dharna. You might want to read an article published two days ago regarding the BDS expanding and providing more trained dogs.

    Now who is turning the blind eye, you or PTI?Recommend

  • Aalia
    Dec 16, 2013 - 12:20PM

    I read in some news tht BDS members get only RS. 50 Danger Allowance which is the same amount that they used to get in 1985 since the establishment of the unit. If its true then its tragic. RIP brave members if you had diffused the bomb our media won’t had bothered to make it a news.


  • Muslim Leaguer
    Dec 16, 2013 - 12:38PM

    The BDS staff are our real heroes, working without any fame or accolades.
    But they get an allowance of merely Rs50/- to endanger their lives. The KPK Government needs to focus on the real issues rather than hogwashes.
    The PTI’s Lifetime Chairman Imran Khan had promised that in case he comes to power he will:
    1) eliminate terrorism within 90 days. But 200 days have lapsed and he is still hiding his incompetency behind drone attacks. None of the 400 victims of terrorism since May2013 was ever involved in drone attacks.
    2) hold local bodies elections within 90 days. While the elections have been conducted in Balochistan and dates have been finalized in Punjab & Sindh, the KPK Government is still toying with the local bodies law and the elections are nowhere to be seen even after 250days of his government.
    The honeymoon period of PTI’s government is over. Now the voters want action and no more dilly-dallies!!


  • Parvez
    Dec 16, 2013 - 1:22PM

    These are the people who really should be honoured.


  • J
    Dec 16, 2013 - 1:24PM

    Our real heros! I salute them! May God bless their souls and punish the culprits


  • Last Word
    Dec 16, 2013 - 1:26PM

    @Muslim Leaguer:
    Good observation. Even if PMLN grants Imran Khan six months instead of three months to fulfil all the promises made by him, he won’t be able to accomplish anyone of them.


  • Saim Baig
    Dec 16, 2013 - 2:04PM

    @Muslim Leaguer

    PMLN is trying to hold local bodies elections since 2008. What happened?
    It was Punjab where Sri Lankan team was attacked shutting down all international sports in the country.
    We are still waiting for dollar to be on 50 as it was in 1999.
    Ending of loadshedding once and for all in 6 months.
    Trial against Asif Zardari after his tenure ends as president.

    And lots more. Point is, miscalculations are a part of politics. Atleast PTI government is seen trying. Can’t say about the rest.


  • Dec 16, 2013 - 4:58PM

    Who has time for all that is normal happening in Pakistan. Every body is out and busy to improve the world by saving the nature at Siachin glaciers, protecting the human rights of people of Kashmir,Burma and Palestine, Teaching a lesson to Jews and Americans and finally crying for the death of murderers of JI of Bangladesh. So please do not interrupt when all these problems will be settled then problems of Pakistan will be attended beginning with identification of who is a real Muslim and who is only claiming to be a Muslim.
    (Please publish this)Recommend

  • amit (India)
    Dec 16, 2013 - 5:17PM

    Very unfortunate to hear this. Last week it was policemen protecting polio workers, now bomb disposal personnel. Really tragic. Recommend

  • amit (India)
    Dec 16, 2013 - 5:17PM

    Very unfortunate to hear this. Last week it was policemen protecting polio workers, now bomb disposal personnel. Really tragic. Recommend

  • JSM
    Dec 16, 2013 - 5:37PM


  • Jibran
    Dec 16, 2013 - 6:17PM

    We are still waiting the much trumpeted national security policy. Very likely the Prime Minister Chaudhry Nisar will outsource the Defense and Interior ministries to the terrorists.


  • Ahmed
    Dec 16, 2013 - 6:23PM

    These poor people lay down their lives while our so called leaders are too scared to travel in the luxury of bomb proof vehicles, excess security and protocol. May Allah grant these martyrs the highest place in heaven.


  • Mazhar ALI
    Dec 16, 2013 - 6:58PM

    We are facing worst situation… very sad


  • KHAN
    Dec 16, 2013 - 7:01PM

    May Allah Bless them. They are the true Shaheed who died in the line of duty and safety of the people they serve. May Allah Bless them and forgive their sins and grant them Janat.

    Even though these lower order police officials are doing their job, unfortunately, higher order officials are sitting in their offices and enjoying tea / chats etc. After 5-6 years of these incidents Security establishment could not find a way to record / capture the crime scene surrounding (certain area range where remote control signal can reach bomb) while BDS is working to defuse it.

    If the system of recording designated area, control the inflow/outflow of people be established during BDS operation. I am more than confident that it will be easier and faster to capture a culprit rather blame everything on unknown persons all the time.Recommend

  • Kaleem
    Dec 16, 2013 - 7:21PM

    @Saim Baig:

    It was Punjab where Sri Lankan team was attacked shutting down all international sports in the country. – It was governor rule at that time. Come one, such misleading observation. Disappointed.

    Ending of loadshedding once and for all in 6 months. – So how many hours do you experience loadshedding these days? Are we happy with big dharna talks and no action? Shouldnt we be happy with less talks and actual improvements.

    Trial against Asif Zardari after his tenure ends as president. – Why dont you ask SC for that? Man, Swiss courts cases have expired. Good morning! Our ex-president was smart.


  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Dec 16, 2013 - 8:20PM

    Rest in peace the deceased and my condolences to the bereaved families.


  • Muslim Leaguer
    Dec 16, 2013 - 11:59PM

    @ Kaleem
    Thank you Sir, for the clarifications.


  • Muslim Leaguer
    Dec 17, 2013 - 12:30AM

    @ Jibran
    Probably you don’t know Sir that the Bomb Disposal Squad comes under the administrative control of a provincial government and not the federal government.
    The National Security Policy deals with macro & policy-level issues while the security of BDS and other LEAs is a micro issue for which the respective provincial governments are responsible.


  • Saim Baig
    Dec 17, 2013 - 1:10PM

    @VINOD Terrorists don’t have any religion. And if you don’t have time to see everyday happenings in Pakistan, don’t bother to do so.


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