A levies official identified as Wahab Khan was killed while another was injured in an IED blast in Bajaur Agency early Saturday morning.
A political administration official of the agency said levies personnel were on patrol in Kamar Sar area of Mamond when an explosive device planted by the roadside went off. Khan died on the spot while another levies official identified as Abdul Wali suffered injuries. He was shifted to Agency Headquarters Hospital, Khar.
The political administration, along with levies personnel, cordoned off the area and started a search operation after the incident. During the search, authorities rounded up some suspects.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Bajaur Agency shares a border with Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar and there have been regular attacks on officials and pro-government tribal elders. The Pakistani government believes that the Mullah Fazlullah-led TTP has sanctuaries in the Afghan province.
Speaking about militant attacks on officials in K-P and Fata, security analyst Brigadier (Retd) Mahmood Shah told The Express Tribune that the violence would continue till the restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan.
He said operations Zarb-e-Azb and Khyber-I left the militants scattered and they are not in a position to launch large-scale terror attacks. However, he pointed out that attacks on officials were nothing new.
Focusing on the TTP hideouts in Afghanistan, he said terrorists were attacking from across the border. He hoped that a new government in the neighbouring country would bring more stability to the border areas. He reiterated that peace in Pakistan depended on the situation in Afghanistan and urged people from the region to cooperate with security forces.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 2nd, 2014.