The convoy of Pakistan Army vehicles was travelling from Datakhel area to Miramshah area when it was struck by a remotely-detonated bomb planted on the roadside in Boya area of North Waziristan tribal region.  — File Photo
The convoy of Pakistan Army vehicles was travelling from Datakhel area to Miramshah area when it was struck by a remotely-detonated bomb planted on the roadside in Boya area of North Waziristan tribal region. — File Photo

PESHAWAR: At least nine paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were killed and 20 others wounded in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in North Waziristan tribal region's Boya area on Sunday according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) sources.

A convoy of military vehicles was travelling from Datakhel area to Miramshah area when it was struck by a remotely-detonated bomb planted on the roadside in Boya area of North Waziristan tribal region.

At least FC personnel had died and 20 others were wounded in the explosion.

Militant groups including the Taliban and al Qaeda operate in the volatile tribal region, often launching attacks on troops and civilians from mountain hideouts on the porous border.

Initially, army sources said three soldiers had been killed but later a security official in the regional town of Miranshah raised the death toll to nine.

The victims were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital.

A daily curfew is imposed in the area from 4 pm evening till 5am in the morning ensure safe passage for the moveent of military personnel. Militants often used IEDs to target military personnel due to the curfew.

Militant group claims responsibility

Asnarul Muhjahideen militant group has claimed responsibility for the North Waziristan Agency convoy attack.

Spokesman for the Ansarul Mujahideen Abu Baseer speaking to Dawn.com from an undisclosed location said that the attack has been carried out by the TTP offshoot in reaction to the drone attack in Mir Ali which had left at least four suspected militants dead.

“This is a revenge for the attack the other day and such strikes will go on,” he said.

“In response to the drone strikes, we are now planning to extend our attacks outside the settled areas.. its all the Pakistan government’s responsibility as it is providing space for such drone strikes on the tribesmen,” Abu Baseer remarked.


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Ehsan
Sep 01, 2013 07:06pm

May the Almighty bless the souls of these shaheeds, give strength to the families to bear their loss and give us nation stronger resolve to deal with the terrorists.

Muhammad Farooq
Sep 01, 2013 07:08pm

do we still want to talk with them from this position of disadvantage?

Saad(DXB)
Sep 01, 2013 07:17pm

And yet Pakistan Army is resisting all calls to conduct a major military action in North Waziristan?? How many of your own must bleed before you take on the final frontier in the terrorism across Pakistani soil?

Tojo
Sep 01, 2013 08:22pm

There's a difference between saying that 9 army Soldiers were killed vs. 9 paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) personnel. While both are nevertheless armed personnel, it is misleading for one, and second it appears to degrade the capability of your own Army. These two forces are entirely different. One being more domestic oriented in the duty of paramilitary is to maintain law & order within the borders; and Pakistan Army whose job it is to maintain the safety of Pakistan's borders.

Ahmer
Sep 02, 2013 12:21am

May Allah grant peace to the martyrs. Does Nawaz Shaif still want to talk to the extremists?

NASAH (USA)
Sep 03, 2013 11:15pm

No conditions for talks -- kill as many soldiers as you can but please come to the table -- because PML(N) has no alternative to talks.

Waseem
Sep 04, 2013 10:16am

@Tojo: what is common with both of these forces is that both of them are incompetent, ill-equipped, ill-trained and unprofessionally managed for there respective roles!!!