BAJAUR AGENCY - At least three people, two of them Levies personnel, were injured when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb detonated by a remote control in a far-flung area of Bajaur Agency on Wednesday.

According to administration officials, the incident occurred when a convoy of Bajaur Levies Force was heading to Dabar area, 24 kilomeers northeast of Khar, in a private pickup vehicle for the security of polio workers. The remote-controlled bomb planted near the graveyard on the roadside exploded just after the vehicle reached the spot injuring three persons including two Levies officials and a driver,” the officials said, adding, that the vehicle was damaged in the explosion.

The wounded were identified as Anwar Said and Rahmanuddin of Bajaur Levies Force and Hazrat Umar the driver of the vehicle.

Residents of the area and peace committee volunteers arrived at the site of the blast immediately and began the rescue activities. The injured were shifted to the Agency Headquarters Hospital Khar for medical aid.

Later, senior administration officials also arrived at the scene and search operation was initiated after the area was cordoned off. Locals said that several people belonging to various villages of the area had been arrested during the search operation conducted by Bajaur Levies. They said all the detained were innocent and they had no relation with the incident.

An official of the administration confirmed the arrests during the search operation. This was the second attack against the Levies Force while escorting the health workers in anti-polio drive in the agency for the last one and half months.

On September 10, a Levies man was killed when a polio team was attacked in the Damadola area of Bajaur Agency. The fresh attack on Levies Force was launched just a day after the militants issued warning against the health workers in the region.

On Tuesday, the outlawed militant organization (TTP) had distributed a pamphlet in different parts of the agency in which they gave warnings to the health workers and security officials against taking part in the polio campaign in the region. The pamphlet clearly warned that the Taliban would target all those who were participating in the anti-polio drive. The pamphlet also asked the locals to stay away from the immunisation drive. No one has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion, however, the administration presumes that militants could be behind the incident.