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KHAR: The authorities on Tuesday decided to install jammers in the vehicles of all the senior officials of the political administration and Bajaur Levies in order to protect them from bomb explosions.

An official told Dawn here that the decision was taken at a high-level meeting. He pointed out that such devices had already been installed in some vehicles of the officials, but these failed to jam cell phone signals because of their poor quality.

The official said the move to install jammers in official vehicles was taken following the Sunday’s bomb blast in Mamond tehsil, which targeted the vehicle of political tehsildar Fawad Khan, killing him along with five personnel of Bajaur Levies. He disclosed that the vehicle of the political tehsildar targeted in the remote-controlled bomb blast on Sunday had no jammers.

The official said the administration officials had expressed dismay over the absence of jammers in their vehicles thus, making them vulnerable to militant attacks.

Published in Dawn, September 20th, 2017