Two back-to-back IED blasts targeting a security vehicle killed a policeman and wounded 19 people on Wednesday in this restive northwestern Pakistani city.
The blasts occurred in Mathra area with first an improvised explosive device (IED) exploding when a police vehicle was passing from the area. Soon after the first blast, police arrived at the scene and was trying to cordon off the area when another IED explosion shook the area.
“One policeman was killed and 19 people, including some policemen were injured,” an official of the Lady Reading Hospital said.
The first explosion targeting the police van injured two security personnel while the second went off when the people came for rescue work.
One of the injured policeman in second blast succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.
Members of bomb disposal squad and TV channels crew were also among those injured.
Security forces had again cordoned off the area and started a search operation to nab the culprits.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Pakistani Taliban are active in the area and often carry out such attacks.