Islamabad: Thirteen people, most of them police and civil defence personnel, were injured when an explosive device presumed to have been defused went off in Rawlakot area of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
A man spotted the explosive device, planted in a tiffin carrier, near a bus stop on a road leading to an army brigade office at Kharick on the outskirts of Rawlakot and informed police about it late on Tuesday.
Superintendent of Police Sajjad Ahmed said policemen cordoned off the spot where the metal box was placed. The box contained sensors, wires and switches. After working on the device for some time, the bomb disposal squad said early yesterday morning that it had been defused.
As parts of the device were being taken to a police vehicle, the explosives went off. Six civil defence personnel, three policemen and four other persons were injured in the blast.
A school owned by a retired general that is located near the area where the bomb was found could have been the target, police said.
PoK has witnessed five bombings, including three suicide attacks, since June last year. Two of the suicide attacks targeted the Pakistan Army.