LANDI KOTAL/PESHAWAR, Feb 25: A security man was killed and five others were injured in a blast in a military fort in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency, officials said.

They said that the explosion occurred in an ammunition depot inside Fort Salop, situated in the south of Bara Bazaar. They said that a security man was killed on the spot while five others received injuries in the blast that also damaged at least five rooms in the fort.

Officials said that the explosives that triggered the blast were seized during search operations at different times in Bara.

The British-era Fort Salop is now inhabited by Mehsud Scouts and most of the suspected militants apprehended during operations are kept at the fort for interrogations. A large quantity of arms and ammunitions seized from militants and also used during the ongoing military operation is also stored in the fort.

Security forces cordoned off the surrounding localities of the fort soon after the blast and did not allow anybody to get near the blast site. The injured security men were shifted to a military hospital in Peshawar.

In Jamrud, Khasadar Force defused an explosive device planted along the roadside on Monday.

Sources said that khasadars blocked the road and detonated the device in a dry stream before removing it from the roadside.

In Peshawar, suspected militants blew up a government primary school in Badhber area in the small hours of Monday.

A police official said that terrorists planted an improvised explosive device (IED) in Government Boys Primary School-II Masho Piki that went off after midnight.

The blast, he said, destroyed two rooms of the school building. He said that most of the schools in the surrounding areas were destroyed and only few of those were rebuilt.

Meanwhile, police said that 195 outlaws were arrested during a special campaign in Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera on Monday.

A police spokesman said that the action was taken after terrorist activities took place in different districts. It was yet to be ascertained if any militant was among the arrested persons, he said.


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