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PESHAWAR: A roadside remote-controlled bomb blast in Peshawar Monday killed three personnel of the bomb disposal unit (BDU) who were on their way to defuse another bomb elsewhere in the city, DawnNews reported.

Police officer Shahid Khan says the attack took place in the Sheikh Mohammadi area of Badhber and targeted the vehicle of the BDU.

Three personnel — BDU in-charge and sub-inspector Abdul Haq, constable Imtiaz and the driver of the vehicle Kashif — were killed in the blast.

Two people, including BDU official Aminul Haq and a pedestrian, were injured in the explosion.

The injured persons were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital. According to the hospital administration, Aminul Haq's condition was critical.

Shafqat Malik, bomb disposal chief for the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, praised Haq as one of his best and most professional operatives.

“We are losing our best officers. More than 10 officers of BDS (bomb disposal squad) have lost their lives while serving their motherland,” Malik said.

Haq was made bomb disposal chief for Peshawar after his predecessor Hukam Khan was killed while defusing two bombs in the same area in September 2012.

Police and other security personnel have cordoned off the Sheikh Mohammadi area and another bomb, containing four kilograms of explosive materials, was defused after a search operation that identified it went underway.

Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, lies on the edge of Pakistan's tribal areas which have been labelled by Washington as the main sanctuary for Al Qaeda and Taliban militants in the country.

The city has seen frequent attacks by militants in the past few years, with targets ranging from civilians to policemen and other law enforcement personnel.

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Dec 16, 2013 11:07am

Sad incident. Heroes are targeted again. May there souls rest in jannah...Ameen

Dec 16, 2013 12:52pm

I salute these heroes from BDU. May they rest in peace, Amen. I wish our country did more to recognize and honor such brave law enforcement professionals.

Dec 16, 2013 02:21pm

Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Elaihe Rajeoon. Please read the story about BDS through the link below. Covered by Dawn a couple of months back, it highlighted their plight and the extreme conditions they have to work in.

Dec 16, 2013 05:04pm

Salute to these brave men. They died protecting us. Words cannot describe their bravery and sacrifice

Dec 16, 2013 07:32pm

@vigilant: these heros

Dec 16, 2013 09:03pm

Bomb disposal is a very dangerous job. These people are heroes. They are the real martyrs.

Hamid Ali Tabatabai
Dec 16, 2013 09:52pm

These are the real heroes of Pakistan,Not these religious fanatics that everyone so love to praise.

Dec 17, 2013 03:00am

These are the real Shaheeds who died while saving the lives of other people. May Allah give courage to their families to cope with the greatest loss.