MIRANSHAH: Four persons lost their lives and eight others sustained injuries in two separate landmine blasts in North and South Waziristan tribal districts on Tuesday.
TNN correspondent reported that the first blast happened in Birmal area of South Waziristan near the Pak-Afghan border in which four persons, including two children, were killed and six others were injured.
Sources said the deceased belonged to Gangikhel sub-tribe of Wazir tribe. They were going to an orchard of chilgoza (pine nuts) when their vehicle hit a landmine. The injured persons were immediately shifted to a hospital in Dera Ismail Khan.
Gangikhel area is spread across the Pak-Afghan border in South Waziristan and the incident happened near the border.
The second landmine blast happened in Dangin area of North Waziristan in which two security personnel were injured. The injured security men were identified as Zahid and Hidayat. The injured soldiers were immediately taken to hospital.
The security forces cordoned off the entire area after the blast and launched a search operation. However, no arrest was made during the search operation.
Landmines have claimed several lives and caused injuries to many others recently in the tribal districts, particularly in Waziristan region.
On August 07, a 14-year-old boy was critically injured in a landmine blast in Dattakhel tehsil of North Waziristan.
Official sources said the boy, Abdullah was grazing his cattle outside his home when he stepped over a landmine planted by unknown miscreants. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The sources said Abdullah lost his one leg in the blast.
One June 25, a child lost her life and three others were injured in a landmine blast in North Waziristan. Local sources said the incident happened near Dabray Pull in Patikhel village in Hamzoni. The sources said children belonging to same family were playing outside their home when one of them stepped over a landmine. A little girl lost her life in the incident, while three others were injured.
On June 14, a security personnel lost his life in a landmine explosion in South Waziristan. Official sources said a soldier was coming back to his check post after repairing a water pipeline in Sra Rogha tehsil when he stepped on a landmine.