Three security personnel were killed and as many wounded in an accident in North Waziristan Agency, according to security officials.
Talking to The Express Tribune, a security official said that a vehicle, part of a security forces convoy, overturned on the Mir Ali-Miramshah Road, killing three personnel and injuring another three. He added that the dead and the injured were driven to a hospital in Miramshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency. The injured were later transferred to the Combined Military Hospital in Peshawar.
Local sources, however, claimed that an improvised explosive device (IED) caused the casualties.
Another security official also said that it was a bomb attack and not accident.
“Three soldiers were killed and three were wounded in the blast. Their vehicle was completely destroyed,” the official based in Peshawar told AFP.
Meanwhile, three security personnel were injured by an IED blast in Frontier Region (FR) Bannu while they were en route to Miramshah.
According to a security official, the IED detonated when a security forces convoy drove past in the Khwaja Khwar area in FR Bannu. He added that the forces halted their movement soon after the blast and conducted a search operation in the area. No one was arrested, however.
North Waziristan political administration (PA) officials imposed a curfew in most parts of the agency from 5am to 4pm following the incident. At the same time, security forces and PA officials have closed all routes in and out of the agency.
(with additional input from afp)
Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2012.