Mansehra: Four policemen were killed and fifteen others wounded when a bomb blast ripped through their convoy in Pakistan’s Torghar district.
“The bomb planted on Torghar-Thakot road was detonated by remote control. It hit one of the three vehicles in the convoy. Four policemen were killed and 15 others injured,” the Dawn quoted Torghar District Police Officer (DPO) Fareed Khan, as telling reporters at the DHQ Hospital in Battagram.
Fareed said that one of the policemen died on the spot, two in the DHQ Hospital and another on way to the Ayub Medical Complex in Abbottabad.
The policemen, appointed on a three-year contract, were going to Abbottabad for training when the bomb explosion took place.
“Two vehicles had passed safely. The blast occurred when our vehicle was passing through the area. I don’t know what happened after that,” said Habibullah Ahmad, an injured constable.
Soon after the attack, security personnel cordoned off the area and shifted the injured to a heath facility in Shahgai, from where they were shifted to hospitals in Battagram and Abbottabad.
It was the first terrorist attack in Torghar since President Asif Ali Zardari changed its tribal status and made it a district through a notification issued on January 27, 2011.
According to the bomb disposal squad, which reached the blast spot four hours after the incident, the bomb was packed with 10-12 kilograms of locally-made explosives.