PESHAWAR/BUNER - Three people including a local leader of Qaumi Watan Party were killed and two others injured when their vehicle hit a remote-controlled explosive device in Tehsil Dagger of Buner District on Saturday.

Sources said the remote-controlled device targeted the vehicle of Adalat Khan Advocate, a leader of local peace militia, as he reached Shogah area in Union Council Gookand. They said it was a high intensity blast and the body parts of the victims were found scattered. The vehicle was completely damaged in the incident.

Soon after the blast, local rescuers rushed to the site and shifted the injured to District Headquarters Hospital Dagger where one of the injured, Mustaqeem, succumbed to his wounds.

The men killed were identified as Adalat Khan Advocate, Abdullah, resident of Barimal and Mustaqeem, a resident of Maniari. The injured included Mohammad Yameen and a policeman Mohammad Yarooz.

Talking to The Nation Station House Officer Daggar Police Station Javed Khan said they had arrested nine suspects from the site and soon the culprits would be traced out. He said more raids were being underway to apprehend the people involved.

Adalat Khan Advocate was a renowned person of his area for raising his voice against militants and pointing out several suspects to security forces during the military operation in Buner. Several times he was threatened of dire consequences but he did not care about these threats.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has strongly condemned the remote-controlled bomb blast targeting Adalat Khan, the leader of local Aman Lashker, and others terming their martyrdom a cowardly act. In a message, he said this heinous act was a continuation of the unrest prevailing in the region for the last over one decade. However, he said provincial government was taking concrete steps to control the situation and arrest the culprits behind the grisly act.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah has also strongly condemned the bomb attack on Adalat Khan, a leader of Qaumi Watan Party in Buner on Saturday and expressed his deep shock and sorrow over the loss of precious innocent lives. 

The Governor described the tragic incident a highly inhuman act of terrorism and said the elements involved in the cowardly act of terrorism would not be spared and every effort will be made to bring the responsible to book.

Agencies add: No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but a local intelligence official told a foreign news agency that Adalat Khan had supported an Anti-Taliban village militia in 2009. The head of that militia was later killed in a suicide attack in November 2012.