KHYBER AGENCY – A remote-controlled bomb blast killed nine troops and wounded three others while two more people were killed in another incident on Thursday in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency, sources said.

In the first incident, security forces vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by militants on roadside near Al-Haj Market in Bara, sources said. The forces convoy was on its way to Bara from Peshawar

Nine Frontier Corp (FC) personnel including a captain were killed on the spot and three were injured, sources said.

The deceased were identified as Capt Manan, Afzal, Tariq, Yousaf, Bahadar, Ali Badshah, Nawaz Gul, Kamran Ali and Khan Afzal. Three wounded, Nabi-ur-Rehman, Gushen Ali and Jamil Hussein were shifted to military hospital for medical aid. The vehicle of the forces was also destroyed in the attack.

The vehicles were on a routine patrol when attack happened, he added. Two militants have also been killed as the security forces targeted the miscreants after the IED blast near Al-Haj Market.

Frontier Corps spokesman Major Fazl said six security personnel were confirmed dead including the captain while four others were injured.The intelligence sources, however, said nine security personnel including Captain Manan Afzal had died in the blast.