Suicide attack kills 17 Pakistan soldiers: Military

Many of the dead had been trapped under the rubble following the blast.

Afp March 24, 2013
A Pakistani army soldier stands guard during a patrol in Pakka village in Kurram Tribal Agency December 18, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

MIRANSHAH: A suicide bomber rammed a water tanker into a Pakistani check post late Saturday, killing 17 soldiers in the notorious tribal district of North Waziristan, the military said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. North Waziristan is perhaps the most notorious of Pakistan's tribal districts on the Afghan border, a known stronghold of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked operatives.

The deaths were a reminder of the serious security threat in Pakistan, just hours before former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was due to return home to Karachi after more than four years in exile.

"In last night's attack on a security forces' checkpost in North Waziristan, 17 security forces personnel embraced shahadat (martyrdom)," the military said.

Security officials explained the sudden increase in the death toll after it jumped from six by saying that many of the dead had been trapped under the rubble following the blast.

Another 10 soldiers were also wounded in the attack on a check post operated jointly by the regular army and the Frontier Corps paramilitary.

Pakistani troops have fought for years against homegrown insurgents in the tribal belt on the Afghan border.

There are fears that rampant insecurity could prove a major challenge for historic general elections on May 11, which should mark the first democratic transition of power between two civilian governments in Pakistani history.


US CENTCOM | 11 years ago | Reply

The ruthless enemy never has any value for human lives. Anyone who is a challenge for their evil agenda, they are willing to destroy with their suicide bombers. We strongly condemn this attack on the military check post in North Waziristan and send our condolences to the friends and families of the brave soldiers who lost their lives in this act of extreme cowardice. It is just a matter of time for this common enemy. They can come from their hiding, disguised as water suppliers and kill and wound brave soldiers but this cannot go on any longer. Time is ripe for their elimination. Just wait – it is coming.

Abdul Quddus

Jatin | 11 years ago | Reply

@Haider, the fact is you don't respect your soldiers. You didn't accept dead bodies of Kargil soldiers, just disowned them. You didn't accept Mumbai attackers (I need not say they were Pakistanis, the whole world knows).

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