In a tragic incident on Monday, an explosion targeted a security forces’ vehicle on Peshawar’s Warsak Road, resulting in the martyrdom of at least one Frontier Corps (FC) personnel.
Police and rescue officials at the scene swiftly responded to the incident, confirming that it was indeed an improvised explosive device (IED) blast.
The explosion inflicted injuries on seven FC personnel and three civilians, as reported by the spokesperson of Rescue 1122.
The injured security personnel were promptly transported to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), while some of the blast victims received medical attention at the Lady Reading Hospital.
Initial assessments by Peshawar Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Syed Ashfaq Anwar indicated that the explosion did not seem to be a suicide bombing. Instead, there was a growing suspicion that explosives had been planted along the roadside.
To gather critical forensic evidence, the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) and the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) teams were dispatched to the attack site. This incident follows closely on the heels of a significant encounter between militants and security personnel in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Chitral district.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), seven terrorists were killed, while another six were critically injured during the intense exchange of fire. This operation was conducted by army troops in the general area of Ursoon in Chitral district.
Pakistan continues to grapple with terrorism, exemplified by a report compiled by the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS), which noted a sharp increase in militant attacks across the nation during August.
The report documented 99 terror incidents, resulting in 112 deaths and 87 injuries, with security forces personnel and civilians predominantly targeted.
The resolve to combat terrorism remains steadfast within Pakistan’s civil and military leadership. Both Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir and Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar have pledged not to yield to terrorists.