5 soldiers injured in Landikotal blast
LANDIKOTAL: Five security personnel were injured when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in Charbagh area of Landikotal subdivision in Khyber Agency, official and local sources said on Saturday.
The sources said the IED went off at 10 a.m. to target a vehicle of the security forces on way to their base camp at Charbagh. Five FC soldiers, whose names could not be ascertained, were wounded and the vehicle was damaged in the blast.
Soon after the roadside blast, the security forces and other officials rushed to the site, fired shots in the air and cordoned off the area for an hour. The Landikotal bazaar was closed down for some time after the incident.
The injured personnel were rushed to the Combined Military Hospital in Landikotal where they were stated to be out of danger.
Later the security forces launched search operation in the area and arrested six persons on suspicion and shifted them to the Landikotal Cantonment for interrogation, local sources said.
Assistant Political Agent Iqbal Khattak along with a heavy contingent of Khassadars also reached the site of the blast and collected pieces of evidence for investigation.
He also ensured that the Landikotal bazaar was reopened to restore normalcy. The Torkham-Landikotal Road was blocked for traffic to avert any untoward incident and was later reopened.
It may be noted that a day earlier, the security forces and the Jundakhel tribal lashkar had demolished a centre of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Chora area in Jamrud tehsil.
Before fleeing, the TTP fighters had reportedly planted some explosive material, which triggered a blast that had killed a soldier and injured five others