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PESHAWAR, April 14: An inspector of excise department was killed in a bomb blast in Daudzai area on the outskirts of Peshawar on Saturday morning.  

Police said that unidentified terrorists had planted a bomb outside the residence of Inspector Khaista Mir that was detonated through a remote control device.

Bakht Zamir, a brother of the deceased, told Daudzai police that his family had no enmity. He said that the explosive device went off when his brother opened the main gate of the house to go to a local mosque for morning prayers.

He said that his brother was targeted by unidentified persons through a planted device, fixed outside his home in Takhtabad area on Charsadda Road.

An official of the Bomb Disposal Unit, when contacted, said that the explosive device weighing about one kilogram was packed in a plastic cover and planted near the main gate of the house of the inspector. The blast also damaged a wall of the house.

In Charsadda, a religious scholar was shot dead by unidentified persons in Shabqadar tehsil on Saturday.

Police said that the attackers opened firing on Qari Hafiz Yousaf Shah when he was going home from a mosque in Matta Mughalkhel area of Shabqadar. He died on the spot.

The victim was a known religious scholar and teacher at Jamia Muhammadia, a seminary in Matta Mughalkhel.

Hafiz Yousaf Shah’s brother Faizul Bari lodged a report with the Shabqadar police station against unidentified attackers.

The people of Shabqadar expressed anguish over the killing of the religious scholar and termed it a tragedy. They demanded of the police to immediately arrest his killers.

On Friday, a resident of Mohmand Agency, Wali Mohammad, was shot dead by unidentified persons in a mosque in Tangi area of Charsadda.

Later, Mohmand Taliban claimed responsibility for killing Wali Mohammad and said that he was a supporter of the local peace committee.

In Mohmand Agency, unidentified militants blew up two primary schools for girls in Safi tehsil on the night between Friday and Saturday.

Residents said that the buildings of both the schools -- government primary school for girls Abdullah and government primary school for girls Haji Gulandar -- were partially damaged in the blasts.

Officials said that wife of Abdullah was also injured in one of the blasts. She was shifted to Peshawar.

Militants have so far destroyed 93 schools in Mohmand tribal region.

The political administration launched a search operation in the area to arrest the saboteurs. The administration also arrested 10 tribesmen under the collective responsibility clause of Frontier Crime Regulation.

Meanwhile, Mohmand Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan talked to local journalists by telephone and claimed responsibility for targeting the two schools.In Swabi, unidentified militants targeted the house of Rohal Amin, an official of a non-governmental organisation, by planting a bomb that exploded before dawn on Saturday.

Mr Amin is president of Samajee Behbood Rabita Council (SBRC), an NGO consisting of 16 community based organisations.

The SBRC has been working in the district for the last three decades.

Mr Amin is also district chairman of citizen community boards and provincial general secretary of Rahnama.

“I was enjoying a sound sleep when the bomb planted near the gate of our house exploded. I saw that the gate was shattered and the house and our adjacent hujra were damaged badly,” he told Dawn.

Police reached the scene soon after the blast. They inspected the house and collected evidence.

Police said that an FIR was registered at City police station against unidentified militants. It was the first incident of its kind in the district.