Photo of the Vehicle which was damaged in Bajaur blast on Monday

KHAR: Four Levies personnel injured in a remote controlled blast on the vehicle of Tehsildar Nawagai sub-division in Bajaur tribal district on Monday, official sources said. However Thesildar Nawagai Abdul Haseeb Khan remained unhurt in the explosion which badly damaged the vehicle.

Deputy Commissioner Usman Mehsud told TNN that Tehsildar Nawagai Abdul Haseeb and FC officer on way to a school Kamangara area to defuse a bomb placed on the school when when a roadside planted bomb exploded in near the vehicle of Tehsildar. As a result his four guards from Levies force were injured. The vehicle was also badly affected in the blast. DC said that later the bomb was removed from the school by bomb disposal squad.

He said that two of the injured were in critical condition and they would be reffered to Peshawar whereas the rest of two injured were being treated in Khar headquarters hospital. The wounded personnel are identified as Abdul Samad, Ismaeel, Suleman and Riaz.

Following the incident, security forces launched search operation in the area but no one has been arrested as yet. Banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Bajaur tribal district imposed section 144 in the entire district for a period of one month due to prevailing threats of terror activities. Through a notification, DC Usman Mehsud announced to ban public and political gatherings in order to avoid human casualties in case any terror activity is carried out. The notification said that government buildings and public gathering could be the target of terrorists. It said that section 144 will remain imposed until the next order by the DC.

A political tehsildar and four Levies personnel lost their lives when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in Bajaur Agency on September 27 last year.

The heirs of the four levies personnel are yet be compensated as the deputy commissioner of the district has reportedly withheld without assigning any reason.

The relatives of slain personnel and local youth have staged several protest for the early release of the payment.

Talking to TNN, Member National Assembly Muzafar Khan has condemned the Monday blast and vowed to bring the miscreants who are behind the blast to the task.

He expressed solidarity with families of slain levies personnel and promised to deliver compensation amount to the bereaved families with his own hands soon.