SHAWAL:At least 13 laborers riding a vehicle were killed in landmine blast in Shawal tehsil of North Waziristan on Sunday. Police said an explosion occurred in the vehicle near Gul Mirkot area. Three people went missing and two others suffered critical injuries.
Shawal DSP Sherullah said as many as 16 workers were in the vehicle. He said the injured and bodies were shifted to a nearby hospital. The hospital administration said the deceased were identified as Mubitullah, Sahab Noor, Jannatullah, Asadullah Khan, Mir Wali Khan, Maqbool Khan, Sher Zahid, Syed Manwar, Mohaid Ayaz, Muhammad Wali, and Gul Hussain while the injured were identified as Umar Zahid and Umar Ayaz.
Sources said the deceased belonged to South Waziristan, whose bodies had been shifted to their native towns. Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar Haq and caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi strongly condemned the bomb blast and expressed regret over the loss of precious lives.
"Heartbreaking to know about the terrorist attack in North Waziristan which claimed the lives of 11 innocent laborers. Strongly condemn this senseless act of violence and stand in solidarity with the families affected," PM Kakar said in X post.