KHAYABER AGENCY: At least 12 persons including 11 khasadar force personnel were killed and several others injured in result of three bomb blasts in Lashora area of Jamrud in Khayber Agency on Saturday. The Khasadar force personnel were present for the security of the polio teams. The condition of two injured persons is also critical.
According to the political administration, the back-to-back blasts took place in the Lashoro area of Jamrud followed by firing. Police said the anti-polio team members remained unharmed and took shelter in a nearby house following the explosions.
Assistant Political Agent Nasir Khan confirmed that ten members of the Khasadar forces were killed in the attack, which damaged two vehicles belonging to the security forces. A child was also among the dead, said Khan.
Another political administration officer, Siddiq Khan, said the two planted IEDs which exploded back to back were detonated through remote-controlled devices. One of the vehicles was completely destroyed while the other was partially damaged.
Dr Rehman Khan, a surgeon at the agency hospital in Jamrud, confirmed the death toll.
The doctor said eight of the wounded were brought to the Jamrud hospital, while two other were taken to the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar.
Another official, Assistant Political Agent Jehangir Azam, said all the casualties were members of the levies or Khasadar, both locally recruited government-backed militias. They were providing security for the health workers.
Security forces have cordoned off the area and launched a search operation.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the blasts in Khyber Agency. He expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the incident.