A local government official and five police personnel have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in Pakistan's volatile northwestern tribal area bordering Afghanistan.
The deadly explosion occurred in the town of Mamond, some 25 kilometers from Khar, the major town of Bajaur, one of the seven tribal areas in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), on Sunday. The bombing took place as an official from the civilian administration was traveling with the police to attend a meeting in the Taliban-infested region.
The explosive device, which was detonated by a remote control, hit the vehicle transporting the victims and wounded another official.
A few hours after the blast, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terror group, also known as Pakistani Taliban, released a statement, claiming responsibility for the attack. It said it had planted the bomb “to target security personnel.”