KHAR: A student was injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near a government-run girls school in Badi Sambor, Bajaur Agency on Tuesday.
An official of the Khar political administration told The Express Tribune unidentified militants had planted the IED near the girls school in Badi Sambor which exploded around 12pm when school children were leaving.
He added a student identified as Parveen was injured in the blast and was rushed to Agency Headquarters Hospital Khar. He further said levies cordoned off the area and began a search operation in which 10 suspects were arrested.
Meanwhile, another IED went off in Ambar tehsil of Mohmand Agency which borders Bajaur. Fortunately, no loss occurred.
IED blasts and target killings of pro-government tribal elders are becoming increasingly common in Bajaur and Mohmand agencies. On August 19, three female schoolteachers and two schoolchildren were killed when an IED exploded in Salarzai tehsil of Bajaur Agency. The victims were on the way to their school in a van.
The political administration of Khar summoned a jirga to discuss security for polio teams. Officials of the political administration and 100 tribal elders were told by Assistant Political Agent Shah Naseem that no cases of polio had been reported from Bajaur this year, however, militants have been attacking polio teams in the agency to sabotage the teams’ efforts.
Naseem urged the elders to keep a watch on such elements, while the elders assured the administration that they will protect teams in their respective areas.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2014.