HANGU - Six children from the same family were killed and one injured Sunday while playing with a hand grenade in Hangu district.
The children, aged five to 12, were playing near their house in Babar Mela village. They spotted a grenade on a heap of garbage, mistook it for a toy and started playing with it, police officials said.
DPO Hangu Iftikhar Ahmad told the media that it was around 4pm and the explosion occurred outside the house of one Karim Afridi. He said all the six children who died belonged to the same family as the girl and three of the boys were siblings while the two other boys were their cousins .
The boys who died in the blast were Asif, Ashiq and Ishaq, sons of Zar Gul and Zakia Bibi, while the name of their deceased sister could not be determined. Their two cousins who also died were Muhib and Hazrat, sons of Muhammad Din Gul.
The family had migrated from the neighbouring Orakzai tribal agency where the military is battling the Taliban. Hangu itself is regularly targeted by militants.
A schoolboy from a nearby village sacrificed his life to stop a suicide bomber, saving the lives of his classmates earlier this month. The Taliban have since 2007 waged a war against the state, intended to force the government to scrap its alliance with the US and to impose their own rule.
Staff Reporter from Tank adds: Unknown people attacked the residence of Senator Muhammad Saleh Shah Qureshi with explosive material.
The incident took place in Kot Murtaza, small town in the limits of Gomal Bazaar Police Station late Saturday night.
According to First Investigation Report (FIR) lodged by the senator from South Waziristan Agency Maulana Muhammad Saleh Shah Qureshi, unknown miscreants hurled some explosive materiel at his house which blasted in the compound leaving the inmates in shock. Luckily all the inmates escaped unhurt and there was also no damage to the property.
The miscreants taking the advantage of the darkness escaped from the scene.
It merits mentioning here that Senator Saleh Shah is also an influential activist of JUI-F in South Waziristan Agency. Police station registered an FIR against the unknown accused persons and started investigation.