At least seven people were killed and more than 10 were injured in a suicide bomb explosion in Hangu while two bomb disposal squad personnel were killed when the improvised explosives device they were defusing went off in Swabi on Monday.
Beside losses to precious lives both in Hangu and Swabi, at least three people fell victim to targeted killing in Peshawar and two in adjacent Khyber Agency also on Monday.
Police official said a suicide bomber, riding a motorcycle, hit his explosives-laden two-wheeler into a car owned by Habib Ullah Khan Wazir in Dawaba Bazaar on Tora Warai Road. The collision resulted in an explosion, killing seven people and injuring more than 10.
Wazir is chief of a peace committee established against militants in the area.
Dawaba Police SHO Rahim Khan told Pakistan Today that Wazir was seriously injured while his brother and bodyguard were killed on the spot. He said Wazir and the other injured had been admitted to hospital where condition of several of them had been stated to be critical.
The SHO confirmed that militants had been trying to target Wazir since long. He had earlier survived two attempts on his life.
Meanwhile, two personnel of the bomb disposal squad were killed while trying to defuse a bomb planted beside the boundary wall of a government school in Jamalabad Dara area of Swabi.
Separately, at least five people fell victim to targeted killing in Peshawar and Khyber Agency. Two were shot dead in Parangsum checkpost of Khyber Agency by two assailants, who were later arrested by the Khasadar Force and handed over to officials of the law enforcement agencies.
Agha Meerjani Police also found a bullet-riddled body of a youngster in Hazarkhwani area.
Late on Sunday night, former assistant director of the Intelligence Bureau, Mohammad Mujahid, was shot dead by unidentified armed men in Sheikh Abad area of Peshawar.