At least six people were killed and four others injured in twin blasts in Safi area of Mohmand Agency on Friday.
Locals said that the blasts targeted peace committee volunteers in Chinari village of Safi tehsil and the death toll is likely to rise. They said that Musawar, son of peace committee elder Dara Khan, was among the dead.
According to local tribesmen, the first blast targeted the peace committee members, who were riding a motorcycle, with a remote-controlled IED. The second explosion took place when the bodies and injured from the first blast were being evacuated, they added.
Injured have been shifted to the main hospital in the area.
Security and rescue teams reached the blast site and cordoned off the area as a probe into the incident went underway.
JAMAATUL AHRAR CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY:
Meanwhile, Jamaatul Ahrar spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
He said that the peace committee members were targeted in Mohmand for supporting the Pakistani government. The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar spokesman vowed to continue attacking tribal peace committees.
Mohmand is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal regions near the Afghan border, which are rife with militant activity and said to be strongholds of Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.