Blast destroys PTCL exchange in Wana -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Blast destroys PTCL exchange in Wana

PESHAWAR: A Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) exchange was partially damaged when a powerful bomb went off Wednesday in the highly fortified military zone in Wana, South Waziristan, and missed a military convoy.

Official and tribal sources told The News from Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan, by telephone that the blast, which was widely heard, did not cause any human loss. They said it was not clear whether the perpetrators of the blast wanted to target the telephone exchange, military convoy or bunkers of the law-enforcement agencies located near the PTCL exchange.

The blast took place on the premises of tehsil building where various offices of civil administration are located. Besides the paramilitary Frontier Corps’ South Waziristan Scouts (SWS), the army troops had also been stationed in the camp and had set up bunkers to secure the FC camp.

Official sources said a military convoy had passed through site of the blast five minutes before the explosion. They suspected it was possible the terrorists might have planted the explosive device to target the convoy.

Soon after the blast, the sources said, the security forces blocked the main Wana-Angoor Adda Road for all kinds of traffic for one hour. It was also possible the people wanted to target the telephone exchange where 2,000 connections out of total 5,000 have been out of order for the past several months.

Source: The News

Date:1/1/2009