HANGU: A newly elected district councillor of the Awami National Party (ANP), Malik Mumtaz, was killed Saturday as an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu district.
“Mumtaz succumbed to injuries after an IED planted on the side of the road went off, injuring three others travelling with him in the car,” deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Subhan confirmed.
Further, the official added that the injured were immediately shifted to a nearby hospital, where two of them have been declared critical.
The ANP currently has three elected members in the district, however the demise of Mumtaz has left the seat vacant.
The party has been targeted previously for its stance against terrorism as party members claim over 800 of its workers have been killed in recent years by suspected militants in various parts of the country.
Published in express Tribune