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PESHAWAR: A senior bomb disposal officer was killed on Friday as he attempted to defuse a device in Pakistan's troubled northwestern city of Peshawar, police said.

Bomb squad veteran Hukam Khan, aged in his late 50s, successfully defused one device but was killed when a second one exploded as he tried to make it safe. Three police officers were wounded in the blast.

“The bomb planted at the roadside exploded when Hukam Khan was trying to defuse it,” Khurshid Khan, a senior police officer in Peshawar, the main town of the country's militant-plagued Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province told AFP.

An intelligence official said Khan defused the first improvised explosive device (IED) but was killed while attempting to defuse the second.

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday told the UN General Assembly that the country has lost more than 7,000 Pakistani soldiers and policemen, and 37,000 civilians as a result of terrorism in the country since the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

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September 28, 2012 9:00 am
Inshallah we will never forget these brave men and their sacrifices
September 28, 2012 8:22 am
RIP, Khan you will be remembered with great honour in our troubled history
September 28, 2012 8:24 am
A true "shaheed". Pakistan has lost a real hero today. He is still alive and headed straight to Paradise. May Allah give his family lots of patience in this testing time. He risked his life to save thousands of people during his daring, courageous, and selfless career.
September 28, 2012 8:30 am
I wish the carefree politician would leave enough money in the treasury to buy some safety suits for these heroes. But they don't care. And look at these brave men. Only if we had leaders with the same qualities as them. There must be more attention paid to them. They are the army fighting the terrorists. Our most precious soldiers in this environment.
Maryam Naseer
September 28, 2012 9:48 am
Rest in Peace Khan...you will be remembered forever.
Farooq Siddiqui
September 28, 2012 11:38 am
Is there a fund to which one can donate to support the dependents of this brave Pakistani? I propose that will all such news the ad of such a fund with details should be automatically flashed. It will give a chance to many peace loving men and women to contribute and encourage similar deeds of bravery.
September 28, 2012 7:46 am
Hats Off to Hukam Khan Shaheed... He is the real Hero of Pakistan.
Tahir Naseer
September 28, 2012 7:35 am
Innalillahiwainnailaihirojiun! May his soul rest in peace.
Mohdudul Huq
September 28, 2012 2:34 pm
Enemies of Pakistan are inside the country. Due to weak government and law enforcement they are taking this golden opportunities to destroy the country without major efforts.
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