2 local USAID workers killed in Ambar blast

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Pakistan Taliban group claims responsibility

Abdullah Malik

Ghalanai—Two USAID officials were killed and four were injured when a roadside IED (Improvised explosive device) hit an anti-narcotics team vehicle carrying Tehsildar of Lower Mohmand, Faramosh khan and others in Sangar area of Ambar tehsil, some 90 kilometres from Ghalanai, the main town of Mohmand tribal region, on Tuesday, officials told.
According to the political administration officials, tehsildar Faramosh Khan was on an anti-poppy drive in Ambar tehsil area along with Anti-Narcotics Force officials and USAID campaigners when an IED device planted on the roadside exploded.
As a result of the explosion, the two USAID campaigners were killed while tehsildar Faramosh and three ANF officials sustained injuries. The injured were shifted to Ghalanai District Headquarters hospital for treatment.
Political administration official confirmed that one anti-narcotics monitoring officer Faisal and driver Abid Shah were killed and four received critical injuries in the IED blast. The vehicle was badly damaged in the blast.
The injured were Tehsildar Faramosh khan, Khasadar Rahmat Said, driver Abdul Ameen and one Aftab Khan, monitoring officer of anti-narcotics team.
The injured were shifted to Peshawar and Bajour agency hospitals for further treatment. After the incident security men conducted search operation in the area but no one was arrested till filing the report. Ahsanullah Ahsan, a spokesman for Jamatul Ahrar — a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban — claimed responsibility for the attack.
Agencies add: US Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience at the State Department that he had awakened to news that two Pakistani employees of the US consulate have been killed when an improvised explosive device detonated while they were on a mission to eradicate drug fields.

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