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Colleagues pay tribute to 'quiet and kind soul'

TRIBUTES have poured in for a policeman who died in a blast in Sitra on Saturday night.

Yasir Dhaib was killed when a homemade bomb detonated at 10.16pm while security forces were trying to restore order after a group of thugs targeted the Sitra Police Station.

The 19-year-old Pakistani, who joined Special Security Force Command (SSFC) thirteen months ago, sustained fatal injuries including internal bleeding. Two other officers suffered multiple injuries, but are said to be in stable condition.

His friends and colleagues yesterday paid tribute to him, saying he was a "kind soul" with a decent personality.

People also flooded his Facebook page with prayers and condolence messages.

"He was quiet and had a friendly nature," said one of his friends.

"He was young, keen and enthusiastic and wanted to finish several tasks at one time. He was eager to learn new things and excited about new tasks.

"I was close to him and we used to share so many things.

"He never spoke about anything else except work, friends and colleagues.

"I know it's hard for his family members to be patient, but this is from Allah and no one can bring him back, but pray for him."

A colleague, who asked to remain anonymous, said they both joined the SSFC at the same time.

"We were both selected at the same time but he was younger than me," he said.

Shock

"I used to call him chota bhai (younger brother), which made him angry at times as he called himself a grown man with responsibilities.

"We are shocked to know about his death and I regret I wasn't with him on duty when the incident took place.

"His other colleagues, who were with him at the time of the incident, said he behaved strangely and spoke about martyrdom.

"He was confident, strong and keen to end the ongoing violence."

Mr Dhaib hailed from Haripur District in the Hazara region of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.



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