SHO, head constable killed in Mingora suicide attack
MINGORA: A police officer and a head constable were killed and seven others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside Sind Police Lines in Swat on Monday.
Station House Officer (SHO) Tor Gul and Head Constable Anayatur Rehmand were killed, and Aziz, Liaqat, Nisar, Jannat Gul, Sardar Bahadar, Ali Murad, and Shamsul Qamar injured, in the blast.
The condition of the two of the injured was serious, hospital sources told Daily Times.
Witnesses said that a teenager wearing police uniform had told police guards at the police lines that he wanted to meet Anayatur Rehman. He was allowed entry, but the head constable didn’t recognise him. The boy detonated himself when Tor Gul and Anayat Rehman grew suspicious and rushed to arrest him.
Policemen at the site said they feared that the number of dead might go up, as rescuers were searching the debris of the two rooms destroyed in the explosion.
State-run Pakistan TV, however, reported that three police officers were killed and five wounded. It was not immediately possible to reconcile the differing casualty tolls.
Arrest Separately, law-enforcement agencies arrested two suspected militants in Khwazakhela, Swat, and took them to an undisclosed location, the APP news agency quoted police sources as saying on Monday.
The arrests were made on a tip-off. Those arrested could not be identified immediately. Meanwhile, the curfew was relaxed from 6am to 8pm on Monday.
The law and order situation in Swat remained normal, as people were seen shopping in markets. Police and Frontier Constabulary officials staged a flag march through various valley roads.