Peshawar/Bajaur — Five people, including a government official and four Levies personnel have been killed when a roadside remote-controlled bomb blast target a government vehicle in Garigal area of Bajaur Agency on Sunday.
Mamond’s Tehsildar Fawad Ali and four Levies officials including ‘Mutabar, Biradar, Jan Muhammad and driver Yousaf have been killed. In addition, a Levies official has been wounded in the incident, said the Political Administration, Bajaur.
The dead bodies were shifted to the Agency Headquarters Hospital, Bajaur.
The area has been cordoned off by security officials and an investigation has been launched to probe the incident.
Outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson took responsibility of the attack in a message sent to the media.
TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khurassani said the militants had planted an improvised explosive device to target security personnel.
Ali belonged to the Mohmand tribe and hailed from the Katlang Mardan area. He was th
Bajaur is one of the Pashtun tribal regions near the Afghan border. Security in the region has improved in recent years after the Pakistani military mounted offensives there against the al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban, which is considered the country’s biggest security threat.
But militants continue to stage attacks in FATA, which remains off-bounds for foreigners and is considered one of the most volatile parts of the nuclear-armed nation of 208 million people.