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Two security men killed, seven injured in Khyber explosion

Updated March 03, 2014
— File photo
— File photo

KHYBER: A remote-controlled explosion, targeting a security forces’ vehicle in Khyber Agency’s Landi Kotal tehsil Monday, killed two security personnel and injured seven others, DawnNews reported.

According to sources, a convoy of Frontier Corps (FC) personnel was travelling from Landi Kotal tehsil to Jamrud. As the vehicle reached Sadukhel, it struck a roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that went off with a loud explosion. Subsequently, two security personnel were killed whereas seven others sustained injuries.

Moreover, one of the FC vehicles was also destroyed in the blast.

The wounded FC soldiers were shifted to Combined Military Hospital Landi Kotal.

Following the explosion, security personnel cordoned off the area and a search operation went underway.

Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the incident but it occurred just two days after the Pakistani Taliban announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at resuming peace talks with the government.

Khyber, one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal regions, straddles the Nato supply line into Afghanistan, used by US-led troops to evacuate military equipment ahead of their withdrawal later this year.

— With additional reporting by Zahir Shah Sherazi