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GHALLANAI, June 2: Two Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers have been injured in a bomb blast in Mohmand Agency, administration officials say.

The FC personnel were busy in a search operation in Pindiyali tehsil when a roadside bomb exploded, injuring Lance Naek Mr Shoaib and Mr Mustafa.

The officials say both the injured paramilitary personnel were airlifted to a hospital in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The Mohmand Agency is one of the agencies in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan created in 1951. Before that, the Mohmand tribes were administered by the deputy commissioner of Peshawar.

However, it was not until 1973 that the headquarters of the Mohmand agency were moved from Peshawar to Ekkagund. Now the permanent agency headquarters is at Ghallanai.

In 2009, the Pakistani military launched Mohmand Offensive, also known as Operation Brekhna (Operation Thunder) against the Tehrik-e-Taliban in the agency.