Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday attended the funeral prayers for the 11 security personnel martyred in the yesterday's Swat blast in Peshawar, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Commander Peshawar Corps, as well as, other senior military officials were also present on the occasion.
Later on Gen Qamar paid a visit to CHM Peshawar where he met those who sustained injuries in the terror attack.
On February 3, 11 soldiers including a captain of the Pakistan Army, were martyred when a terrorist blew himself up during a volleyball match in Swat valley of K-P.
Captain among 11 security personnel martyred in Swat suicide attack
At least 13 people also sustained injuries in the attack that is the deadliest since 2013.
The blast took place in the evening near the Pakistan Army’s sports unit situated at Sharifabad area of Swat’s Kabal tehsil.
“The military men were playing volleyball in the evening when a suicide bomber exploded his suicide vest,” a security official told The Express Tribune.
According to an eyewitness, he heard a huge explosion from within the military camp. “Later the security forces cordoned off the area and imposed a limited curfew in the locality. There was a plume of smoke rising from the camp,” he said.
A statement, issued by the military’s media wing, at first said three security personnel were martyred in the attack. “Three security officials embraced Shahadat, while 7 [others were] injured [in the blast],” said the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).
However, the seven critically-injured personnel also succumbed to their wounds, raising the death toll to 11.
“Seven critically-injured soldiers embraced shahadat. Total shaheed 11 including an officer. Total injured 13,” the ISPR said in another statement.