NORTH WAZIRISTAN: At least 14 security personnel were killed and 25 sustained injuries on Sunday when a roadside bomb hit a military convoy in Shabqadar, North Waziristan.
The improvised explosive device struck the convoy in Dosali village.
All the soldiers killed were in one truck and those injured were in vehicles behind it, a senior official said.
Local residents said military helicopter gunships had reached the scene after the attack.
The attack comes a day after Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said they would not attack Pakistan’s army in North Waziristan and would concentrate their attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan.
A leaflet issued by Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud ordered those to stop. A senior commander confirmed the pamphlet’s veracity.
“O Mujahideen brothers! As you know, the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban under the leadership of Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid are engaged in jihad against the crusaders and infidels, and are supporters of each others in the ongoing holy war,” the pamphlet said.
“The enemy does not want to see us united and disciplined against them and are trying to divide us,” it continued.
Earlier in December 2012, two security personnel were killed and another two injured when an improvised explosive device planted by unidentified militants went off near a security forces van in Datta Khel tehsil of North Waziristan.