KHAAR, July 8: One levies personnel was killed and six were injured when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb. In another incident, four levies personnel were kidnapped after their checkpoint was attacked on Sunday morning.

Official sources said personnel of the Bajaur Levies were returning after having escorted the vehicle of the area’s political agent to the exit point of the Bajaur Agency when the device was exploded by remote control in Yousafabad, about 3km from here. The blast damaged the vehicle.

The sources confirmed the death of levies personnel Akhtar Shah.

The injured, Subedar Sardar Khan, Noor Wali, Zaer Ali, Abdul Kareem, Abdul Azeem and Fazal Subhan, were taken to the agency headquarters hospital where some of them are stated to be in critical condition.

Earlier, a levies checkpoint in the Darbano area, situated on the boundary between Bajaur and Mohmand tribal agencies, was attacked.

The officials said that the assailants first fired rockets on the checkpoint and then kidnapped Izzat Khan, Sahibzada Khan, Bashir and Farhatullah, who were on duty. Bajaur political agent Shakeel Qadir Khan has constituted a jirga, headed by Mamond tribe’s chief negotiator Malik Abdul Aziz, to resolve the kidnapping issue.

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