DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Three people, including a constable, were injured in a bomb blast near the residence of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Excise and Revenue Minister Ali Amin Gandapur in the city on Friday.

According to police, a device fitted in a bicycle parked near the minister’s residence exploded at about 7:30pm, causing injuries to three passers-by, policeman Kamran and Asim and Malik Shahid. They were taken to the District Headquarter Hospital Dera.

The boundary wall of the minister’s residence and windowpanes of adjacent buildings were damaged. The house is located near the sessions court and police lines in the jurisdiction of Cantt Police Station.

Sources said that Mr Gandapur was in Peshawar at the time of the incident.

According to bomb disposal unit personnel, around four to five kilograms of explosives was used in the device.

The motive behind the attack has yet to be ascertained. No-one claimed responsibility for the attack till late night.

Published in Dawn, February 6th, 2016

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