TIMERGARA: Fifteen people, including two children, were killed and 12 others sustained injuries when a passenger vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Landay Shah area in Lower Dir district on Sunday, officials and eyewitnesses said.
The Munda-bound pick-up truck was targeted with an IED early in the day. The vehicle was destroyed in the explosion. The dead were identified as Mohammad Azam, Wali Khan, Nasrullah, Said Mohammad, Attaullah, wife of Said Mohammad, wife of Gul Raz, Gul Zameen, Asad Khan, Bakht Khan, Abbas Khan, Anwar Said Khan, Mehboob Khan, Najeeb Khan and Shamoza Bibi.
Even as the local administration and the police were trying to determine whether it was an act of terrorism or the result of some enmity, the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) through its spokesman claimed responsibility for the roadside blast and said the attack was directed against the members of the pro-government peace body opposed to the militants.
In the past also, the TTP has targeted members of anti-militant peace committees and lashkars in both the tribal and settled areas. Some of the injured in the blast were identified as Anwar Zeb, Ali Sher, Khankhela, daughter of Mahmood, Jehanzeb, Abdul Aziz, Asif Khan and Mehboob. They were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital in Timergara.
The explosion was a powerful one and was heard far and wide; the body parts of those killed in the blast littered the site of the blast. Security forces rushed to the spot after the explosion and cordoned off the site. They also assisted in rescue activities. A search operation was launched in the area, but no arrests could be made.