At least four people, including three security personnel, were martyred in a blast that targeted Liaquat Checkpost in North Waziristan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday.
According to the police, the attack claimed the lives of two security personnel, one police officer and one citizen in Datta Khel tehsil of Miran Shah. Two others, namely Hawaldar Manzoor and policeman Shakir, were injured in the attack. The deceased and the injured were shifted to DHQ Miran Shah Hospital.
Initial reports state that a car with explosives crashed into the checkpost. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Rehan Gul Khattak told the media that three security officials, including a policeman and one civilian, embraced martyrdom. He claimed that the suicide bomber blew himself up during routine frisking at a security point manned by several security men.
This is the second attack by terrorists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in two days as earlier a group of terrorists attacked Manzalai-08 and Manzalai-10 well sites in the Hangu district, leaving six officials martyred. The country has witnessed a spike in bombings in recent months.
On May 19, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Amir Sirajul Haq’s convoy was hit by a bomb attack in Balochistan’s Zhob district. While the JI leader narrowly escaped the alleged suicide bombing, at least four people were injured, and his vehicle was partly damaged. Law enforcement authorities claimed that the attacker’s body was found at the site of the blast.
Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah Khan strongly condemned the terrorist attack which resulted in tragic loss of lives and left several others injured. In a statement issued here, he paid tributes to martyred security personnel, acknowledging their ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. “The martyrdom of our brave security forces is an irreparable loss for the nation.
Their courage and dedication to protecting our homeland will always be remembered,” he added. He also extended heartfelt condolences to the families of those embraced martyrdom in the terrorist attack. Promising swift action against the perpetrators, the minister assured that no stone would be left unturned in bringing the terrorists to justice.
“We will take full account of each martyrdom caused by the terrorists,” he declared, emphasizing the government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of the citizens. Expressing optimism, Sanaullah said “InshAllah, the terrorists responsible for this heinous act will meet their end very soon.
Our security forces are tirelessly working to apprehend them and put an end to their nefarious activities.” The minister extended his prayers for patience and strength to the families of the martyrs and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.