CHARSADDA, Dec 27: Seven persons were injured, two among them critically, when an explosive device went off in Omarzai area in Charsadda on Thursday.

Local sources said that the explosive device was planted along a road leading to Hajiabad locality in Omarzai area. Two real brothers were among the injured, they added.

The injured were identified as Anwar Shah, Sajjad Ali and his brother Nowsher Ali, Aizaz, Fazl Rabi, Syed Mudassar Shah and Mohammad.

Two of the injured, Anwar Shah and Sajjad Ali, were referred to Peshawar in critical condition.

In another incident, a gas pipeline was blown up in Sardaryab area, resulting in suspension of gas supply to a number of areas in Charsadda district.

In Kurram Agency, three bullet-riddled bodies were found in Kakary Bagh area on Thursday, officials said.

Local people suspected that the deceased, who belonged to Bagan village, had links with Tehrik-i-Taliban Islami Pakistan, a splinter group of banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. The deceased were identified as Jamil, Arif and Nabil.

The residents of the area said that it was fifth incident of its kind in the area during the last one week.

In Khyber Agency, a woman was killed and two others were injured when mortar shells fell on two different houses in Bara on Thursday.

Local sources said that the wife of Mohammad Ashraf was killed when his house was hit by a mortar shell in Yousuf Talab area of Bara.

It could not be established as to who fired the mortar but local people said that forces targeted militant positions in different parts of Bara after a roadside blast three days ago. Two more women were injured in Dro Adda area of Akkakhel in a similar incident.

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