LADDAH, Oct 30: Five soldiers were killed and another was injured when a roadside bomb hit a military vehicle in South Waziristan on Wednesday.

Intelligence sources said the vehicle was hit by an IED (improvised explosive device) planted along a road in the Zateri area of Berwand in Sarwekai tehsil. Two soldiers were killed on the spot and three died later, they said.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Soon after the blast, security forces resorted to intense shelling in the Shamkai area and conducted a search operation.

Locals said that during the search operation at least 50 people, among them women and children, were forced to leave their homes along with their cattle. Later, they were handed over to the political administration which shifted them to the Wazirabad area of Tank district. Then the authorities left them at a seminary.

The villagers said scores of cattle had perished in the shelling.

Saleh Shah, chairman of the Senate standing committee on SAFRON, told Dawn that he would take up the issue in the house.