CHARSADDA, April 13: Five officials of Bomb Disposal Squad received injuries while defusing a 500-kilogarm explosive device near Sardaryab here on Wednesday.

The injured officials were identified as Arifullah, Ziaratullah, Mohammad Mehmood, Habibullah and Khan Said. They were trying to defuse a bomb when it went off and injured them.

The officials had brought a 500-kilogram explosive device from Peshawar and were trying to defuse it near Sardaryab recreational spot.

The injured were first taken to district headquarters hospital in Charsadda but later shifted to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. The blast was so powerful that it was heard in far-off areas of the district. — Correspondent