Minor killed, three children injured in Waziristan IED blast

Official says investigations are underway to determine the cause of the explosion

Our Correspondent December 12, 2016
Official says investigations are underway as to what might have caused the explosion. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

A minor girl was killed and three others children injured when an explosive device went off in the Spenwam area of the North Waziristan Agency, security officials have told The Express Tribune.

The incident took place on a rutted path in Abbakhel area. "Investigations are underway as to what might have caused the explosion" an official said, adding that that mines left buried in the area tended to go off.

Local sources said that the girl child was identified as Rahma and the injured as Qaiser, Rizwana and Bushra. The names of the children and their ages could not be independently verfied.

The injured have been shifted to Thal's Combined Military Hospital (CMH), the source went on to add.

Army major killed in S Waziristan IED blast

On November 1, A Pakistan Army major was killed and six soldiers injured in a roadside IED explosion in South Waziristan Agency. Major Imran was killed during a search operation in Wana.

In a similar incident on October 16, two Pakistan Army soldiers were killed and one injured in cross border firing near the Afghan border in the restive northwest. The incident took place in the Barmal area of South Waziristan, which shares its borders with Afghanistan’s Paktika province.

So far 490 soldiers and 3,500 militants have been killed in the continuing offensive against militants in Fata. Operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched in the country in June 2014 to purge far-flung areas of the country of terrorists and rebuild areas affected by militancy.


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