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Two brothers die in Safi roadside blast

November 30, 2012

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GHALANAI/LANDI KOTAL, Nov 30: Two brothers were killed in a roadside explosion in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency on Friday.

Assistant Political Agent of Ghalanai Jamshed Khan told reporters that miscreants had planted an improvised explosive device on Mamad Gat Road in Kuz Chamarkand area and that went off when a double-cabin vehicle hit it.

He said Rehmat Khan and Rahimdad Khan, real brothers from Kuz Chamarkand area, were killed and Mohmand Rifles soldier Taj Hussain and child Mujahid injured in the blast.

The APA said the injured had been shifted to a Peshawar hospital due to critical condition. He said the blast was so powerful that it completely destroyed the vehicle.

Mr Jamshed said sniffer dogs were called in to search for miscreants. He said no group had yet claimed responsibility for the blast.

In Landi Kotal tehsil of Khyber Agency, too, five levies personnel were injured in a roadside blast in the day.

An official of the local administration said miscreants had planted two explosive devices on the main Peshawar-Torkham Highway in Zakhakhel area.

“One device exploded when a vehicle carrying khasadar official Abbas Ali and his subordinates passed by. They all escaped unhurt but their vehicle suffered damage,” he said.

The official said the second blast occurred at the same place minutes later when levies personnel were busy removing the damaged vehicle.

He said the second explosion was of mild intensity but caused minor injuries to five levies personnel, who were immediately shifted to a local hospital for treatment.