MIRANSHAH: At least five soldiers were killed and 34 wounded when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a military checkpoint in Pakistan's troubled northwest on Wednesday, security officials said.

The attack came in the Mir Ali area of Miranshah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region, a hub for Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants on the Afghan border.

A senior security official said that “a truck laden with explosives was rammed into the checkpoint when security officials were offering evening prayers”.

As a result, “five soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom)”, the official said.

“The checkpoint has been completely destroyed and 34 injured security personnel have also been recovered,” he said, revising an earlier toll of 4 people dead and 25 injured.

Another security official confirmed the toll, adding that out of the 34 injured, 28 were soldiers and six were from the Frontier Corps, the paramilitary group serving in Pakistan's northwest and tribal areas.

Ansarul Mujahideen, a little-known militant group linked to the Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) faction claimed the responsibility hours after the attack.

While speaking to Dawn.com, Abu Baseer, the spokesman for the group, said they carried out the attack as an act of revenge for the killing of former TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud.

“We will continue such attacks in future as drones continue to kill our people,” he said.

The umbrella TTP faction and al-Qaeda linked militants have led a bloody campaign against the Pakistani state in recent years, carrying out hundreds of attacks on security forces and government targets, concentrated largely in the northwest.

Additional reporting by Zahir Shah Sherazi

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Iqbal kham
December 18, 2013 8:11 pm

Just wondering where is our famous captain,least he could do condemn such acts like he does for drone attacks.

mohib khan
December 18, 2013 8:27 pm

for years these tribal s have been controlled by blocking them access to the outside world. what is wrong now can we not carry out a siege of some sort so that they may suffer? An argument in this regard is that the locals will suffer, aren't they suffering at the hand of the terrorists. The leaders of these tribal have been eliminated and even their properties are not save until and unless they pay ransom so what is the Govt waiting for? Do we have to help these tribal and the rest of he society or do we want some one else to do it? If it comes to this ( God for bid) we may not have a country to boast of

vigilant
December 18, 2013 10:23 pm

Sad incident. May the departed souls always rest in jannah Ameen.

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