Three security personnel were killed when two suicide bombers rammed an explosive laden vehicle into a security check post at an army camp in the South Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday.
At least 25 security personnel were also wounded in the attack. Of which, 12 are stated to be in critical condition.
A security official told The Express Tribune that the suicide attack took place around 6:30 am in front of the main gate of Zaree Noor Army Colony, located about five kilometres west of Rustham Bazaar in Wana.
The injured were rushed to the First Treatment Hospital (FTS). The official added that the FTS along with another Scouts Hospital in Wana Scouts Camp was also partially damaged in the attack.
“Two of the three security officials were killed on the spot, while one succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital,” the official added.
The security officials manning the check post had signaled the vehicle to stop but it rammed into the main gate of Zaree Noor Army Colony. An official of the political administration said the check post, the gate of Zaree Noor Army Colony and a wall of the FTS were razed to the ground.
Security forces cordoned off the area after the blast, which was heard far and wide in Wana.
A resident of Dap Kot village, which is close to the blast site, told The Express Tribune that the doors and windows of their houses shook due to the impact of the explosion. “I rushed to the roof of my house and saw smoke billowing from the colony. There was firing too,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2012.