Bomb expert killed while defusing IED
[Dawn] A senior bomb disposal unit official was killed after the improvised bomb he was trying to defuse went
kaboom! by the roadside in the restive Sheikhan area near Khyber Agency border on Friday.
"He had defused one bomb and was trying to defuse another that a huge blast occurred, leaving Inspector Hukam Khan seriously injured. He breathed his last shortly afterwards," said an official of Badhber cop shoppe.
He said the other BDU officials, who examining the other side of Frontier Road by detectors remained unhurt.
The official said the bomb, which exploded by remote control, had targeted police, which had defused scores of bombs across the province over a period of time.
He suspected Khyber Agency-based Lashkar-e-Islam bad boy group led by commander Mangal Bagh
...a former bus driver, now head of the Deobandi bandido group Lashkar-e-Islam and the Terror of Khyber Agency...
could be behind the blast.
"We have registered an FIR against unidentified hard boyz as no one has so far grabbed credit for the attack," an official of Badbher police said.
In charge of BDU and assistant inspector general of police Shafqat Malik told news hounds that the bomb weighed around 10kg.
He said Hukam Khan, a senior expert, was known for reaching the place of the terrorist activity in no time for evidence collection.
Superintendent of Police (in charge of rural circle) Khurshid Khan told Dawn that four bombs had been defused in the area the same day. He said police had begun search operation in rural areas and cooled for a few years
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
12 suspects for interrogation.
Mr Khurshid also said after the kaboom, police had an encounter with faceless myrmidons in the area killing bad boy Naseer and injuring another.
Mr Hukam, 49, belonged to Pasani village of Mattani area on the outskirts of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
. He joined police as a constable in 1978. His three sons, Akram Khan, Bilal Khan and Adam Khan, also serve in police.
His funeral prayers at the Malik Saad Khan police lines were attended by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
Governor Masood Kausar, Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, senior minister Bashir Bilour, senior police officials and coppers.
Mr Hoti told news hounds on the occasion that the second bomb was a booby-trap aimed at police.
He said police had rendered numerous sacrifices fighting terrorism over the years and the IED blast was part of them. The chief minister paid a tribute the slain BDU official for holding excellent service record and protecting thousands of people against terrorism.
Later, Mr Hukam's body was shifted to his village in Pasani area for burial.
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