Bomb kills 2 Pakistani soldiers, wounds14 in N Waziristan: Officials

The bomb was planted along the route of a convoy of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Spinwam area.


Afp September 26, 2012

MIRANSHAH, PAKISTAN: A roadside bomb targeting a military convoy Wednesday killed two Pakistani soldiers and wounded 14 others in the country's lawless tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said.

The bomb was planted along the route of a convoy of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Spinwam area about 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Miranshah, the main town in the North Waziristan region, they said.

North Waziristan has become the most notorious Taliban and al Qaeda stronghold on Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. Islamabad has resisted US pressure to launch a full-scale offensive against insurgents in the area.

"It was a remote controlled device and the target was a military convoy," a security official in Miranshah said.

One vehicle in the 20-truck convoy was hit in the blast, which killed one soldier on the spot, while another later succumbed to injuries in hospital, he said.

There are 14 other injured soldiers receiving treatment in the hospital, some in a serious condition, he added.

Troops responded by launching a house-to-house search for militants while military helicopters shelled suspected hideouts, another official in the northwestern city of Peshawar said, confirming the casualties.

"We don't have details of militant losses," he said.

North Waziristan is one of seven districts in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt, where Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants have carved out strongholds used to plot attacks across the border in Afghanistan.

Attacks on the military are rare in the region as an influential local militant commander, Gul Bahadur, agreed not to attack Pakistani troops under a ceasefire accord signed with the authorities in 2007.

Pakistan has lost more than 3,000 soldiers in the fight against homegrown insurgents but has resisted US pressure to eliminate havens used by those fighting international troops in Afghanistan.

COMMENTS (10)

imran | 9 years ago | Reply

first of all we have to make sure who did it?its a border area and many groups operate there few from otharside of border and seems like attack is trying to provoke the army which i think they will not keep head cool . @centcom pay attention othar side of border ur fortune wont be change even after this operation 12 year u gys acheive nothing next 12 u wont either and hope u wont leave in dark nite like u pulled surge troops .its political issue and will solve poiliticaly not with guns mark my words today.

Kashif Dada | 9 years ago | Reply

@numbersnumbers:

Bomb is bomb at the end of the day and I bet you know how precise Hellfire missiles are but I reckon you read the following article on Guardian too, the guys must have done some research.

Drone attacks in Pakistan are counterproductive, says report US academics' report says drones kill large numbers of civilians and increase recruitment by militant groups

About Paki Jets dropping bombs and turning human bodies into smithereens; would be tantamount to genocide as well.

It was a news that caught my attention lately which said that Pakistani Armed Forces has put this idea on the table in a meeting with US officials to let them take militants down by their own fighter jets rather than American drones. I thought it was extremely barbaric and insane to suggests another country about how to hunt some humans down on your own soil.

P.S by the way the advice was turned down without any heeding by US

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