Policeman search the site of the blast near Mohllah Saidan in Lakki Marwat where a suicide attempt was foiled on Friday. – Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi

LAKKI MARWAT: Lakki Marwat police Friday night averted a suicide attack on an Imambargah in Mohallah Saidan area of Lakki Marwat District when they shot dead a suspected suicide bomber.

According to police officials, the suspected bomber was stopped at a check point near the Imambarghah but he opened fired on the police and was subsequently shot dead.

District Police Officer (DPO) Idrees Khan said the bomber, who was wearing a blanket, was stopped at a check post near Masjid Ghosia in Mohalla Bagbanan.

The check point is an entry point to Shia community’s Mohallah Saidan.

The DPO said, “the suspect bomber instead opened fire on the police and ran away into a narrow street to escape.”

“He then threw a hand grenade at the policemen but was subsequently killed after his vest exploded due to police firing when he reached at the dead end of the street,” Khan added.

Some sources said the suicide bomber was riding a rickshaw and when stopped by the police he opened fired and attacked the police with a hand grenade.

Police reports suggest no causalities however two policemen sustained minor injuries amid the vest explosion.

The officials added that the probable target of the suicide bomber was an ongoing Majlis-i-Aza going at the residence of a Shia leader Syed Zahoor Abbas Shah or the Imambargah in Mohllah Saidan but timely response of the police averted a huge loss of lives.

Meanwhile, reports said that a blast had been heard in Gilgit Baltistan as well. However, according to police officials there are no casualties.

Opinion

Editorial

Militancy redux
Updated 12 Aug, 2022

Militancy redux

There is fear and confusion all around, and it is for the state to bring clarity to the situation.
Distorting history
12 Aug, 2022

Distorting history

WHEN history is co-opted by ideologically overzealous elements, expect the facts to die a quick death, and...
Dengue danger
12 Aug, 2022

Dengue danger

WITH rains continuing across most of the country, a dengue outbreak can quickly become a major headache for health...
Khorasani’s killing
11 Aug, 2022

Khorasani’s killing

OMAR Khalid Khorasani, a dreaded TTP ‘commander’, lived by the sword and very much died by the sword. But beyond...
Gross overreaction
Updated 11 Aug, 2022

Gross overreaction

The government has already done considerable damage to itself with its indelicate handling of the situation.
Dadu deaths
11 Aug, 2022

Dadu deaths

DISEASES that are usually mild and preventable in countries with developed healthcare systems often prove to be...