NOWSHERA: Nine people, including policemen, were injured in a blast in Azakhel Payan area of Nowshera district on Wednesday.

Police said unidentified miscreants had planted an explosive device in a gas cylinder in the gate of the house of a tribal elder from Mohmand tribal district. The Bomb Disposal Unit was called to defuse the bomb. The officials were defusing the bomb when it exploded due to which three officials of the Bomb Disposal Unit and six other people were injured.

The injured persons were taken to Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar for treatment. According to the hospital administration, the condition of the injured persons was out of danger. The administration said Hospital Director Khalid Masood, emergency director and his team were present in the emergency hall when treatment was provided to the injured persons.

The injured policemen were identified as Habibullah, Arif Naeem Khan, while the injured civilians were identified as Abdul Aziz, Waheed, Habibullah, Hayat, Azmat and Saeed Nawab.

A police team led by District Police Officer (DPO) Mansoor Aman reached the blast site after the incident and cordoned off the area and collected evidences. A search operation was also carried out in the area, but there was no report about any arrest.

After Wednesday’s blast, police has further enhanced security measures in Nowshera district ahead of Eidul Azha.

Man kills Facebook friend in Peshawar

A young man has allegedly shot dead his Facebook friend in Peshawar and thrown his body in the fields.

Station House Officer (SHO) of Urmar Police Station Muhammad Rafique told media persons that the victim Muhammad Salman and accused Hidayat entered friendship on Facebook few days ago. The accused invited Muhammad Salman, who was a resident of Nowshera, to his village in Urmar area of Peshawar. The accused allegedly shot dead his Facebook friend and threw his body in the fields.

Police said the accused has been arrested and he has confessed to killing his friend. The accused said Muhammad Salman had a verbal clash with him due to which he was furious and killed him. Police also recovered the body of Muhammad Salman and handed it over to his family after legal formalities.