PESHAWAR: A Frontier Constabulary (FC) official was martyred while eight others, including two civilians, sustained injuries in a blast near Prime Hospital Complex on Warsak Road on Monday morning.
Warsak Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohammad Arshad Khan confirmed that a vehicle of Mohmand Rifles Regiment was targeted at around 10:30am.
The vehicle was on its way to Peshawar from Machni when it was targeted. One FC official was martyred while six officials and two civilians were injured, SP Khan added.
He said the blast was carried out using an improvised explosive device (IED). A report by the Bomb Disposal Unit would clarify the nature of the blast, he continued, adding the further investigation was under way, stated SP Khan.
The incident happened a day after interim Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti downplayed the rise in militancy in the country saying it was “a little surge [in terrorism] and nothing to panic”.
It may be recalled that during the last couple of weeks, there were reports of almost daily skirmishes between the security forces and terrorists, the most recent being the infiltration attempt in Chitral in which over a dozen attackers were killed while several troops martyred.
Last week, a convoy of security forces was targeted on Miramshah Road in Bannu. In August, police and security forces repulsed three attacks by militants at as many locations in an area bordering Kohat district.