NORTH WAZIRISTAN/PESHAWAR: Four people were martyred and two injured in separate attacks in North Waziristan and Peshawar on Monday, local officials and police confirmed.

In the first attack, a couple was martyred in a bomb attack targeting security forces in Saidgai area of North Waziristan near the Pak-Afghan border.

A Bomb Disposal Unit was carrying out a search operation in the area when a suicide bomber, travelling in a vehicle detonated himself. While the security officials remained unhurt, a husband and wife sitting on the roadside lost their lives.

“Said Muhammad and his wife Dilbar Jana were sitting on the roadside when the attack took place,” local officials said, adding the couple was probably waiting for a passenger van.

Separately, a Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) constable was martyred and a Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) activist sustained injuries in two firing incidents in the district.

According to local police, the CTD constable, identified as Taskeenullah, was going to his village when unknown militants opened fire at him in the Tapi area. The attackers managed to flee as the police launched an investigation into the attack.

The injured JUI-F activist was identified as Javed Noor who was in charge of the party’s social media. He was immediately shifted to a hospital.

Meanwhile, in Badhber on the outskirts of Peshawar, one police constable was martyred and two sustained injuries in a late-night militant attack.

According to Peshawar police, a police mobile came under attack on Afridi Road within the jurisdiction of Badhber police station. The three cops, ASI Farid Khan and constables Ghulam Hussain and Yar Muhammad, riding in the van sustained injuries.

“The area was immediately cordoned off and the injured police cops were shifted to the hospital,” read a statement issued by the city police. Later, Constable Muhammad succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.The funeral prayer of the martyred constable was offered at Peshawar’s police headquarters.

Published in Dawn, August 8th, 2023

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