Peshawar (Staff Report): At least three people were lost their lives and two others were injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast allegedly targeting a police van on patrol in Lower Dir on Thursday.

According to media reports, a police vehicle of the Zimdara police station was targeted in the blast near Madyan area. The deceased identified as two police officials named SHO Bakht Munir and Constable Irfan, and a civilian.

 The security forces have cordoned off the area while injured have been shifted to the hospital for medical treatment.

An investigation has been launched to trace the culprits and a search operation is also underway.