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At least three personnel of the Khasadar force and two civilians were killed in a suicide attack in Mohmand Agency's Ghalanai tehsil on Wednesday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

Three other people were injured in the attack, sources in the political administration said.

The proscribed Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JA) group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement emailed to journalists.

A suicide bomber tried to enter a housing colony of the local political administration. When he was stopped in this attempt by Khasadar personnel, the militant blew himself up outside the main gate of the colony, the sources said.

ISPR in a statement said two suicide bombers were involved in the "foiled" terror bid.

“One attacker came by foot and started firing at forces while the other was on a motorbike and rammed into the main gate of the complex,” Hamidullah Khattak, a local administration official in Mohmand, told AFP.

The first was shot dead by the sentries at the gate of the political administration office while the other blew himself up once spotted and challenged by security personnel at the gate, said the ISPR.

"Security agencies had the intelligence about intrusion of suicide bombers from Afghanistan inside Mohmand agency," it added.

Three security personnel and two civilians including a school teacher were killed in the blast and three others were injured, who were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

Security forces started a search and strike operation in the Ghalanai and Machni areas following the attack.

The incident comes barely two days after a suicide blast claimed by JA ripped through the camp of protesting chemists in front of the Punjab Assembly in Lahore, leaving 13 people dead

In September last year, a suicide bomber targeted a mosque in Mohmand Agency's Anbar tehsil during Friday prayers, leaving 36 people dead. That attack too was claimed by JA, a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.

Mohmand is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts near the Afghan border, rife with homegrown insurgents and foreign militants.

Despite heavy military presence on both sides of the border, cross-border movements of militants (in both ways) have been a major area of concern.

Local militants have fled ongoing military offensives since 2008, taking refuge across the border and attacking Pakistani military checkpoints and civilians from there.

The army launched Operation Zarb-i-Azb in June 2014 in a bid to wipe out militant bases in the tribal areas and so bring an end to the bloody insurgency that has cost thousands of civilian lives since 2004.

As a result, security in the country has since improved. Scattered attacks still take place, but they are fewer and of a lesser intensity than in previous years.

According to data from the South Asia Terrorism Portal, 457 civilians and 182 members of the security forces were killed in Pakistan from January 1 to September 11, putting 2016 on course for fewer casualties than 2015.

Comments (15) Closed

maverik Feb 15, 2017 10:27am

We can have as many theories as we want about current state of affairs, but fact of the matter is that the phenomena suicide bombing came to Pakistan with the arrival of US/NATO in Afghanistan, and it will continue till US/NATO is stationed in Afghanistan. Simply doing action inside Pakistan will never resolve this issue, no matter what you do. The source is in Afghanistan, and shying away from this fact will not resolve the situation.

jithin Feb 15, 2017 10:41am

Violence is never justified whether in Balochistan or Lahore or Mumbai or Kashmir. It's time true Pakistanis stand up to the flawed policies of the state and the non-state actors.

MAjid Feb 15, 2017 11:07am

So,,,,, an operation by rangers across the board including kpk is needed.

maverik Feb 15, 2017 11:19am

@MAjid Mohmand is not in KPK. Please educate yourself before commenting.

kashmir Feb 15, 2017 11:32am

we ,the people of Kashmir condemn all terror attacks in pk who so is backing to these shall be targeted ruthlessly with in short span of time .our heart and our eyes are full of tears inaddtion of we are in equal mourn with all pk bro and sis .

BROTHER THERESA Feb 15, 2017 12:19pm

There had been numerous attacks these past 2 days. What is really going in Pak?

GP65 Feb 15, 2017 02:54pm

Condolences from an Indian

Muhammad Feb 15, 2017 03:04pm

This new wave of terrorism is not totally unexpected as we all knew that after crushing defeat in Syria and Iraq these terrorists would return to their native countries and again would quench their thirst with blood of their own compatriots

Reader Feb 15, 2017 03:39pm

Time to clean Afghanistan.

Sial Feb 15, 2017 03:46pm

New wave of terror being launched against Pakistan by its neighbour. The siucide bombers came from Afghanistan. New world order being persued.

Muhammad Feb 15, 2017 04:19pm

@Sial "New wave of terror being launched against Pakistan by its neighbour" Should we need enemies from outside in the presence of TTP, SSP, LeJ, ASWJ etc ?

D.K. PAMNANI Feb 15, 2017 04:22pm

We, the Indians, condemns all such of attacks on Civilians. This is not tolerable anywhere in the world. whether in Delhi, Lahore, Mumbai or Kashmir.

ALI Feb 15, 2017 06:45pm

@kashmir: Thanks but that's the exact mentality that has led to this. It's called aimless violence.

Syed ZafaR Kazmi U.S.A Feb 15, 2017 08:31pm

General Bajwa just try to follow the exemplary footprints of the great and most honorable General in the history of Pakistan and you too will become immortal like him. Idle sitting will bring you nothing.

PASHTUN Feb 16, 2017 10:05am

@maverik - "phenomena suicide bombing came to Pakistan with the arrival of US/NATO in Afghanistan, and it will continue till US/NATO is stationed in Afghanistan."

Absolutely correct !! They are determined to keep our region in chaos and using Indians as proxies against us.