Blast claims five lives, including peace committee member in Swat

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Peace committee member Idrees Khan, his police guards, and two passersby were killed in a blast in Swat’s Bara Bandai area on Tuesday.

“Initial investigations suggest that it was a remote control bomb which targetted Idrees Khan,” Swat Station House Officer (SHO) Fayaz Khan told media.

He said that Khan and his police guards, identified as head constable Rambil and constable Tauheed, were travelling in a car when a blast occurred near the Kot Katai village.

A passerby, Sanaullah, and another unidentified man were killed in the attack as well. The bodies have been moved to the Saidu Sharif Teaching Hospital. Meanwhile, the vehicle in which, Khan was travelling was also completely destroyed, Fayaz said, adding that the police have cordoned off the area.

There has been no claim of responsibility so far.

Immediately after the blast was reported, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan took notice of the incident and summoned a report from the inspector general of police.

He extended condolences to the family members of the deceased and said he was saddened by the lives lost. “The sacrifices of the martyred will not go to waste. The culprits will be brought to justice,” CM Khan vowed.

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