An afghan national was killed and four other injured including two Khasadar force personnel and a NLC worker at Torkham in a powerful bomb blast. Two critically injured personnel were shifted to Peshawar hospital. Official and eyewitness said on Friday.
The sources said that an Afghan national with his handcart loaded with wool when crossed Torkham border and entered Pakistani territory, a powerful bomb went off which was kept under the luggage. A person in Torkham said that he heard a huge blast which rocked their offices.
The injured two khasadar force personnel were identified as Stana Gul of Loey Shelman and Naik Zar resident of Ash Khel Landikotal. Another, Arshad NLC worker of Jamrud Tehsil and Gul Abas resident of Afghanistan were also among the injured ones.
Soon after the incident, Khasadar force personnel and FC personnel rushed to the site and shifted the wounded persons to Agency headquarter hospital Landikotal for medico legal formalities.
The hospital sources said that two Khasadar force personnel whose health condition was serious have been shifted to Peshawar hospital.
The officials at Torkham said that the Pushcart loaded with wool as entered Pakistani territory a bomb kept under the wool was blown up killing one Afghan and five other wounded.
Update from: AFP
A bomb in a pushcart killed at least one person and wounded six others Friday at the main border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan, officials said.
The blast came at the Torkham crossing, the main frontier post in Pakistan’s restive northwest. The bomb was apparently hidden in a pushcart used by travellers to ferry goods across the frontier.
“The bomb killed one person and wounded six others, two of them seriously,” senior local administration official Daftar Khan told AFP.
Another senior local administration official, Tayyab Abdullah, also confirmed the incident and casualties.
Torkham lies in Khyber region, one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal districts where the military has been battling Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants for over a decade.
The border crossing has been used extensively by NATO supply convoys transporting goods overland from Pakistan’s main port Karachi to forces in Afghanistan.
The Pakistan army began a major campaign against Taliban and other militant strongholds in the North Waziristan tribal area in June last year and authorities have now vowed to intensify operations both in the border regions and across the country.