Pakistani officials: Roadside bomb targets army, killing 3 soldiers

A powerful roadside bomb struck a military vehicle in northwestern Pakistan, a stronghold of the militants, on Thursday, killing three soldiers and wounding four, the Pakistani military said. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, fearing they were regrouping in the region.

Pakistani officials: Roadside bomb targets army, killing 3 soldiers

The bomber struck as troops were patrolling North Waziristan in Afghanistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, according to the military statement. He said the bomb was planted by suspected terrorists to target soldiers guarding road construction teams. The military said troops had cordoned off the area and launched a search operation.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Muhammad Khurasani has claimed responsibility for the attack, which he said was launched’ in South Waziristan. Speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, two Pakistani intelligence officials said they did not have the authority to speak to journalists, adding that the attack took place in South Waziristan.

Conflicting reports about the location of the attack could not be immediately resolved. The Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, is a separate insurgent group from the Afghan Taliban.

The area has been a base for Pakistani and foreign militants in recent years, with the military claiming to have cleared it.

The United States has been targeting the military and civilians throughout the country since 2001, when the Islamic State joined the US-led war on terror. Since then, the insurgents have declared war on the Pakistani government and carried out several attacks, including a brutal attack on an army-run school in Peshawar in 2014 that killed 140 children and several teachers.

Pakistani militant groups are often linked’ to Afghanistan across the border.

According to a recent US report, more than 6,000 Pakistani insurgents are hiding in Afghanistan, mostly from the banned Pakistani Taliban, which has stepped up attacks on troops in the region in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, an Afghan soldier was killed’ and three others were injured in a border clash with Pakistani troops on Thursday, an Afghan provincial official said.

Attaullah Khogywni, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said the incident erupted when Afghan troops tried to stop Pakistani border guards from carrying out construction work in order to increase the number of installations that Afghans appear to be encroaching on.

There was no comment from Pakistani officials, and Khogywani said the situation was later resolved.

Pakistani and Afghan troops often exchange fire along the border to prevent militants from launching cross-border attacks, which the Pakistani side has been fencing off since 2017.

Pakistan considers the colonial-era division in 1893, which drew a 2,500 km (1,500 mi) line between the two countries, known as the Durand Line, known as an international border. Yes, while Kabul has never recognized these limits.


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