IED Blast Hits ANP Leader's Vehicle, No Casualties Reported

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Thursday, 15 October 2015 16:43

PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) leader Malik Gulzada Khan's vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast on Thursday in the Serai area in Bajaur Tribal Agency's Mamond Tehsil.

Assistant Political Agent Nawagai Fayaz Ali Sherpao said the ANP leader was headed from Damadola towards Inayat Kallay when a road-side planted IED detonated as Gulzada's vehicle passed by it.

Malik Gulzada remained unhurt but his vehicle sustained damaged in the blast.

Security forces and political administration sealed the area and began a search operation following the blast.

Bajaur is one of the seven districts in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt near the Afghan border, where militants are said to have held strongholds.

An extremist insurgency led by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) plagues the region and the area is known to be infested with militants, including those belonging to Al Qaeda and other armed extremist organisations.

Several attacks on polio workers, peace committee members and suicide bombings have taken place in the tribal region in the past few years.

Pro-government tribal elders in the region have also been targeted over the past few months.

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