Photo by Nasar Zada

DIR, 18 July: As many as seven volunteers of a local peacekeeping force have been killed in a roadside bomb blast in Upper Dir on Monday evening, police said.

According to police, chief of the Dog Dara aman lashkar (peacekeeping force) Khan Muhammad was going from Talao Kas to Sharingle in his double-cabin pick up along with other volunteers of the force after attending a jirga.

“Their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) planted on the road in Badarkani area,” a police official said and added all the seven people present in the vehicle died on the spot.

The blast was so powerful that it completely damaged the vehicle, the official informed. The dead bodies were shifted to local hospital.

Soon after the blast, police and security forces cordoned off the area and started a search operation.