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Six FC personnel killed in Hangu explosion

Updated March 05, 2014


— File photo
— File photo

HANGU/KHYBER: A roadside bomb targeted a security forces’ convoy in Hangu district on Wednesday, killing six Frontier Corps (FC) personnel whereas a policeman and another person were killed in separate incidents of violence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Military sources confirmed that a security forces' convoy was travelling from Hangu to Kurram Agency when it was targeted near Warmagal area on the Hangu-Kurram Agency border. Six soldiers were killed whereas eight others sustained injuries.

The sources said the vehicle was also damaged in the attack.

The sources added that the blast was carried out using an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and might have been detonated through a remote control.

In another incident in Peshawar’s Yakatoot area a policeman was killed as a result of firing.

According to the police, unknown motorcyclists opened fire at the checkpost of Yakatoot police station killing a policeman on duty.

The body was shifted to Lady Reading Hospital.

Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, lies on the edge of Pakistan's tribal areas.

The city has seen frequent attacks by militants in the past few years, with targets ranging from civilians to policemen and other law enforcement personnel.

Meanwhile, another person was killed in a grenade attack in Charsadda’s Prang area.

Police said the victim was collecting sand when a grenade concealed in a pile of sand went off and killed him.

Two bodies found in Khyber

Meanwhile, two bodies in gunny sacks were recovered from Khyber Agency's Jamrud tehsil today.

According to political sources, the bodies were found from the Shah Kas area in Jamrud Tehsil. The victims had been gunned down.

Their bodies were shifted to the tehsil office.

Meanwhile, political administration of the area launched a probe into the incident.

Khyber is part of Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt on the Afghan border. The Taliban and other Al Qaeda-linked groups, who stage attacks in both countries, are known to have strongholds in the zone.