A POLICEMAN killed in an explosion in Sitra could have been lured into a trap, say his relatives.
Yasir Dhaib, 19, died on Saturday as officers tried to prevent an attack on the local police station.
His uncle Khani Zaman said police had been confronting thugs who blocked roads when the homemade device exploded.
"I received a call from his colleague, who said he was injured and asked me to call him," he told the GDN.
"When I called on his mobile, he didn't answer.
"Then I called his friend, who said he is in a critical condition in the hospital.
"I went to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"His colleagues told me that he and other policemen were tackling masked youths, who threw Molotov cocktails at them.
"It was dark in the area and they saw a road, blocked with woods, rubbish and tyres.
"The blast took place when they went closer to remove the debris and clear the road for motorists.
"His colleagues said it was probably an improvised device and thugs used a remote control to detonate the bomb, as he didn't touch anything and was just standing there."
Mr Dhaib is survived by his parents, two brothers, aged 21 and 16 and three sisters, aged 25, 23 and 22.
Mr Zaman said the teenager's body was in a terrible state when he saw him in the BDF Hospital morgue
"I couldn't stand there for a second and came out," he said. "His colleagues consoled me but I cried."
Mr Dhaib joined security forces only 13 months ago and was the only breadwinner for his family, as both his parents are ill.
"His father, Aurangzeb Khan, is a retired military officer and has been bedridden for the last six months following an accident, while his mother is a hepatitis patient," said Mr Zaman.
"He was young and it's a major tragedy he died this way.
"We are against violence and terrorism, and hoping for a better situation, where no policemen are killed or injured."
Pakistan Embassy community welfare attachŽ Maqsood Qadir Shah confirmed the policeman's body would be flown home as soon as the formalities were completed.