4 killed in roadside blast in northwest Pak

Islamabad: Four persons, including three security personnel, were killed and two more injured when a bomb went off along a road in the restive Bajaur tribal region of northwest Pakistan today, officials said.

The blast occurred in Bar Chamarkand area of Bajaur Agency this morning, officials of the local political administration said. Two personnel of the paramilitary Frontier Constabulary and one from the Levies militia were among those killed. They were patrolling the area when the improvised explosive device was detonated by remote control.

Officials described the condition of the injured as serious. They were taken to a hospital in Khar, the main town in Bajaur Agency. Additional security forces were sent to the area to conduct a search operation. Pakistani troops have conducted several operations in Bajaur to flush out pro-Taliban militants.