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January 13, 2013

Ex-minister among 14 injured in Charsadda blast

 
January 13, 2013

CHARSADDA: Fifteen people, including former provincial minister Bashir Khan Umarzai, sustained injuries in a roadside blast in Shaheed Killay in the limits of Umarzai Police Station on Saturday.
It was learnt that former provincial minister for forests and Awami National Party’s leader Bashir Khan Umarzai was travelling in a motorcade after attending the hearing in the murder case of a former MPA of the then Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao, Alam Zeb Umarzai, in a local court when an improvised explosive device planted on roadside went off.
Fifteen persons, including Bashir Khan Umarzai, sustained injuries in the explosion.
The other injured were identified as Khalil Umarzai, son of Bashir Umarzai, former tehsil naib nazim Zafarullah Khan, Qalandar Shah, Faridullah, Lal Bahadur, Ali Rehman, Hilal Khan, Nisar Khan, Mohammad Asif, Liaqat and three cops Assistant Sub-Inspector Samiullah Khan, Asimullah and Niaz Mohammad.
They were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital in Charsadda wherefrom 12 of them were taken to the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar due to their precarious condition.
The police and experts from the bomb disposal unit (BDU) arrived at the scene and collected pieces of evidence.
The BDU officials said two to three kilogram explosives had been used in the blast in which the van carrying Bashir Umarzai and the vehicle taking the cops were damaged. A first information report was lodged against Khurshid Umarzai and Arshad Umarzai, brothers of late MPA Alam Zaib Umarzai.
However, Khurshid Khan Umarzai and Arshad Khan Umarzai, the brothers of late MPA Alam Zeb Umarzai, condemned the attack on Bashir Umarzai.
Through a statement they asked the authorities concerned to unmask and arrest the people behind the attack.