One of the top officials with the bomb squad in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar and two of his subordinates died Monday when a roadside bomb blew up as they were passing by in their vehicle.

The agents had been called around 8 a.m. to defuse an explosive device when another bomb was activated by remote control as they were driving through the Badber neighborhood, police spokesman Ahmed Khan told Efe.

Two other bomb squad members traveling in the van were wounded and, according to the daily Dawn, one of them is in critical condition.

Peshawar is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders on Afghanistan and is a refuge for the Taliban, jihadist groups and criminal organizations operating on both sides of the frontier.

The city is the site of a large portion of the violent acts registered in the South Asian nation and is considered to be one of the nuclei of armed activity in Pakistan.

Despite the large amount of work they are faced with due to the profusion of explosive devices in the region, the 50 or so bomb squad members working in Peshawar suffer from a great lack of resources, a situation that increases the risk associated with their work. EFE