Bomb wounds 10 soldiers in South Waziristan: Officials

Device was detonated by remote control in Sararogha village area in the mountains of South Waziristan.

Afp August 08, 2011

MIRANSHAH: A bomb attack on Monday wounded at least 10 Pakistani soldiers in the Taliban and al Qaeda hotspot of Waziristan on the Afghan border, officials said.

The device was detonated by remote control as a military vehicle passed through the Sararogha village area in the mountains of South Waziristan.

"At least 10 soldiers were wounded, three of them seriously," a security official told AFP.

A local intelligence official confirmed the bomb blast and casualties.

Pakistan carried out a sweeping offensive in 2009 in South Waziristan targeting the country's main Taliban faction, but many of their commanders and foot soldiers are believed to have fled to neighbouring North Waziristan.

Washington is pressing Islamabad to launch an all-out offensive in North Waziristan against the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, which is responsible for killing US troops in Afghanistan and to which Pakistani spies have close connections.

But relations between Islamabad and Washington plummeted after US commandos killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May, and the military says it is too overstretched fighting Taliban elsewhere to open a new front in Waziristan.