BAJAUR: A blast in front of a doctor’s clinic left a watchman dead in Bajaur district, officials and local residents said on Thursday.

They said that the incident occurred at about 7am in Kamar Sar bazaar in Mamond tehsil.

Local shopkeepers told this correspondent that the bomb planted outside the clinic of Dr Mohammad Tahir, former medical superintendent of the district headquarters hospital, Khar, exploded when a watchman of the bazaar incidentally touched it.

They said the watchman was critically wounded in the explosion and died on way to hospital.

He was identified as Kawal, 60.

The clinic which was closed at the time of blast was partially damaged.

No one has claimed reasonability for the blast.

However, a police official told this scribe that the police registered the case and had launched investigations.

Meanwhile, the police on Thursday claimed to have thwarted a bid of terrorism in the border locality of Bajaur district by defusing scores of anti-personal mines.

DPO ShahazdaKokab Farooq told mediapersons here that 12 anti-personal mines planted on top of hilly Mano Zangal area by unknown militants were defused during a joint action conducted by the police bomb disposal squad and security forces.

Published in Dawn, July 3rd, 2020