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ALPURI, May 27: Five policemen, among them a DSP, were killed in a roadside bomb blast in the Poran subdivision of Shangla district on Monday, police said.

DSP Khan Bahadar and the other policemen were going to Poran Kotki from Aloch when a bomb went off near their vehicle at Piryanai, some 4km from Aloch.

The DSP, his guards Osman and Tauseef, driver Jamial and cook Saeed Anwar, who was from the community police, died and their vehicle was destroyed.

The bodies were taken to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital in Poran.

Shangla Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ziaul Haq said the bomb had been detonated by remote control.

The body of DSP Bahadar was sent to his native Peshawra town of Swat Valley for burial. The bodies of other policemen were dispatched to their respective hometowns.