The bomb disposal unit (BDU) defused a powerful homemade explosive device, planted near a house in Dir Colony, Dalazak Road, on Wednesday.
Police said the 10 kilogramme device was planted near the house of Qayum Khan and it was not the first time the man had been targeted.
“Previously, his son was kidnapped and later recovered from Afghanistan. His house has also been attacked before in a low-intensity bomb blast,” an official of the Chamkani police station told The Express Tribune.
A hand grenade was lobbed at a house in City Homes, which lies in the same station’s jurisdiction.
“The house of a local fruit commission agent named Nurani was attacked, but there were no casualties,” the official said. He suspected the attack was orchestrated by extortionists and an FIR had been registered against unidentified culprits.
Separately, the Urmar police registered an FIR in an extortion case based on the complaint of Muhammad Younas Khan, a resident of Zahoorabad.
He said two tribesmen of Khyber Agency demanded Rs3 million in extortion money to meet the expenses of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and threatened him of dire consequences if he failed.
Police registered an FIR against the suspects Khan Haider and Dilbar, both residents of Bara in Khyber Agency.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2014.