MIRANSHAH: A militant commander and five family members including a child were killed when a bomb he was tinkering with exploded at his home in northwest Pakistan, officials said on Wednesday.
Aalim Deen Mehsud, a local commander of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan (TTP) in the North Waziristan tribal area, was trying to remove explosive material from a mortar shell, triggering the blast, a security official said.
“He was trying to cut the shell with a hand saw and take out the explosives when the explosion occurred, killing himself, four women and a child of his family,” the official told AFP.
A local in the village of Talib Jan, where the incident happened, confirmed the deaths. “Aalim Deen Mehsud and five members of his family have been killed in an explosion at his house,” said Gul Hajan, a resident of the village.