A bomb-disposal officer rushing to defuse a bomb in the provincial capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was killed en route after his vehicle hit an improvised-explosive device. Two others also died in the roadside explosion on Monday.
Peshawar’s Bomb Disposal Squad chief Abdul Haq and his driver, a policeman, were “killed on the spot,” confirmed police officer Najeeb-ur-Rehman. A constable wounded in the attack died later at hospital, he added.
Haq, 43, defused some 60 bombs in his career with the squad. His predecessor, Hukam Khan, was killed attempting to defuse two bombs in the same area in September last year. The bomb that Haq had set out to defuse was tackled by others from his unit.
“We are losing our best officers,” said Shafqat Malik, chief of the provincial Bomb Disposal Squad. “More than 10 officers of [the squad] have lost their lives while serving their motherland.” Malik said Haq was among the finest officers in his team.