LANDI KOTAL, Sept 17: The driver of a trailer, supplying goods to Nato forces in Afghanistan, was killed and his assistant received critical injuries when their vehicle was targeted by an explosive device on Peshawar-Torkham road on Monday.
Officials said that unidentified militants targeted the vehicle, carrying two Humvee jeeps to Afghanistan, with an improvised explosive device planted along the roadside near Shahgai Fort in Jamrud.
The blast caused serious injuries to driver Nazar Mohammad and his assistant Gul Mohammad besides damaging the front portion of the vehicle. Officials said that the driver later succumbed to his injuries in a hospital. The blast also caused suspension of traffic on the main road for at least an hour.
The incident was second of its kind during the last three days. Officials said that they had beefed up security along Peshawar-Torkham road by increasing patrolling of Khasadar Force and establishing temporary checkposts.
Meanwhile, unidentified militants blew up a jewellery shop in Bara on Sunday.
Sources said that militants planted explosives outside the jewellery shop of Abdul Akbar at Niazi Market and blew it up on the night between Saturday and Sunday. The shop was closed for the last six months. The reason behind its blowing up could not be known.
Also in Bara, militants blew up the house of Dr Najib, a resident of Mandi Kas in Sipah area.
The house was empty at the time of explosion as the family had moved out of Bara when a military operation was launched in the area in November last year.
Reason for destroying the house could not be ascertained nor had anyone claimed responsibility for the incident.
In Alamgudar area of Bara, a young man identified as Shakirullah was electrocuted on Sunday. Family sources said that he touched naked wires of electricity while repairing an electricity fault outside his house.
Also in Bara, a teenage nephew of PPP leader Wilayat Shah was burnt to death when a fire broke out due to explosion in a power generator.
It was learnt that Irfanullah was trying to start the generator when the explosion occurred that caused a fire. He was rushed to Peshawar in a critical condition where he succumbed to burn injuries.