GHALANAI, Aug 7: A prominent elder of Haleemzai tribe was injured in a roadside blast in Mohmand Agency on Wednesday morning, officials said.

They said that Malik Aurangzeb was on going from his home to Ghalanai on foot when he was targeted with a remote-controlled bomb. He was injured in the blast, they added.

The injured tribal elder was shifted to Leady Reading Hospital in Peshawar for treatment. The security forces launched a search operation in the area after the incident and arrested scores of tribesmen.

In Bajaur Agency, a pro-government tribal elder and close relative of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor escaped unhurt when a remote-controlled bomb exploded near his car in Neeiage area on Tuesday evening.

Officials said that Malik Dawood Khan along with his son and gunman was going in a car from Khar to his village Neeiage when a remote-controlled bomb went off near his car. He narrowly escaped the attack.

People of the area, members of peace committees and Bajaur Levies rushed the spot soon after the incident and launched a search operation but the saboteurs managed to escape. Malik Dawood, 44, is a close relative of Governor Eng Shaukatullah Khan. He has survived several attacks by militants in the past.

Meanwhile, security forces and Bajaur Levies arrested several suspected persons in different areas of Khar during a search operation on Wednesday.

An official said that the search operation was conducted in the areas after receiving information from members of village defence committee about presence of suspected persons.

In Mansehra, police seized three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other material, which could be used in carrying out an act of terrorism in the district.

The residents of Hafiz Bandi village informed police that someone had placed two bags full of explosives and other material at the roadside.

A police party along with bomb disposal squad reached the spot and defused two hand grenades and seized the explosives and other material. — Dawn Report

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