A pro-government tribal elder was killed in a remote controlled bomb explosion in border area of Bajaur Agency on Thursday. Official sources said that tribal elder Malik Gul Rahim, a leading figure of anti-militant peace committee, got seriously injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted went off near his home at Barchamar village in Chamarkand tehsil of the agency. Rahim died while he was being shifted to hospital. Soon after the blast, members of village defence committee and security forces personnel cordoned off the area and launched a search operation. However, the miscreants managed to escape from the site. Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has accepted the responsibility for killing the tribal elder. In a statement issued by its spokesman Khalid Khurasani said their fighters carried out the attack on tribal elder. The 55-year-old was among the pioneers of anti-militant peace committee in the area. “The murder of Raheem has really shocked us because he was one of the brave and bold elder in the region who never surrendered to the militants,” the officials said.–Staff Reporter