LANDI KOTAL, June 29: At least four persons were killed and five others injured when a container truck carrying Nato goods to Afghanistan ran over three vehicles at Ali Masjid on Peshawar-Torkham Road in Khyber Agency on Wednesday.

Sources said that the driver of a taxicab, Faqirullah, and three passengers, two of them real brothers, were killed on the spot while five other persons sustained injuries when a container ran over three vehicles while negotiating a narrow turn at Ali Masjid.

The dead included Ishtiaq, his brother Naqeeb and another distant relative Hidayatullah.

Meanwhile, an oil dealer Yar Bacha escaped an attempt on his life when an explosive device planted by unidentified persons outside his house in Kandukhel exploded minutes before he left his residence.

Family sources said that Mr Bacha had been receiving threats from a local militant group for his alleged involvement in supply of fuel to Nato forces in Afghanistan.

Also, security forces defused explosive devices planted along roadside in Ziyarhai in Landi Kotal and Nala in Bara tehsil on Wednesday.

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