Three FC soldiers killed in Bajaur roadside bomb blast

Published December 18, 2014
The paramilitary soldiers were returning back to their camp after a routine patrol when they stumbled over the explosive device. – Agencies/File
The paramilitary soldiers were returning back to their camp after a routine patrol when they stumbled over the explosive device. – Agencies/File

ISLAMABAD: A roadside bomb Thursday killed three paramilitary soldiers in the country's restive northwest, officials said.

“Three paramilitary soldiers were killed when they walked over an IED (Impoverished explosive device) planted on a road side in Damadola area of Bajaur tribal district (around 125 miles northwest of Peshawar),” local official Suhail Khan told AFP.

He said the Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers were returning back to their camp after a routine patrol when they stumbled over the explosive device.

Abdul Haseeb Khan, another senior official, also confirmed the incident.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but the Pakistani Taliban, and its splinter factions, have regularly targeted security forces in the northwest.

On Tuesday, a team of Taliban gunmen stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar, slaughtering 148 people, including 132 children, in the country's deadliest ever terror attack.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said the assault was revenge for the killing of its fighters and their families in the ongoing military operation, Zarb-i-Azb against its hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal area, and warned more attacks would follow.

Also read: Peshawar attack: Afghanistan, Isaf promise action against Taliban group

Pakistan has been battling militants in its semi-autonomous tribal belt since 2004, after its army entered the region to search for Al Qaeda fighters who had fled across the border following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

Opinion

Editorial

Parliament’s imprimatur
Updated 24 Jun, 2022

Parliament’s imprimatur

Implications of ‘mainstreaming’ militants are far-reaching and must be discussed threadbare by the people’s representatives.
Monsoon preparedness
24 Jun, 2022

Monsoon preparedness

THE deaths of four people, among them three children, and the usual post-rain chaos in Karachi on Wednesday, yet...
Balochistan budget
24 Jun, 2022

Balochistan budget

A BUDGET is all about the political choices a government makes. The eight-month-old Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo...
Funding expectations
Updated 23 Jun, 2022

Funding expectations

Next few months will show how serious govt is about putting in place measures to strengthen country’s debt management outlook.
Budget debate
23 Jun, 2022

Budget debate

WITH the economy teetering on the precipice of a major crisis, one would have expected that public representatives ...
Afghanistan quake
23 Jun, 2022

Afghanistan quake

FOR the hapless people of Afghanistan, the list of miseries just doesn’t seem to end. The latest catastrophe to ...