Upper Dir: TTP claim responsibility for killing 3 army officers

Major General Sanaullah, Lieutenant Colonel Tauseef and Lance Naik Irfan died from a roadside IED blast.

Web Desk/afp September 15, 2013
Major General Sanaullah. PHOTO: ISPR

PESHAWAR: Roadside bomb attacks and a Taliban ambush on Sunday killed seven soldiers or policemen including two senior army officers in Pakistan's troubled northwest, the military said.

The banned militant outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility for the Upper Dir blast.

A major general and a lieutenant colonel were visiting troop positions in the Upper Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, along the Afghan border, when their vehicle hit a bomb which killed them and a private soldier.

"Maj Gen Sanaullah and Lt Col Touseef embraced Shahadat (martyrdom) this morning. They were returning after visiting troop posts on Pak-Afghan Border," the military said in a statement.

It said the roadside bomb near the border had also killed Lance Naik Irfan, and injured two other soldiers.

Separately, two roadside bomb attacks in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district bordering Afghanistan, killed two soldiers on Sunday and wounded four others, security officials said.

In the neighbouring district of Bannu Taliban militants ambushed a convoy of tribal police early Sunday, killing two of them and wounding four others, the officials said.

Pakistan says more than 40,000 people have died in bomb and suicide attacks by Taliban and Al-Qaeda-led militants who oppose Islamabad's US alliance.

The Pakistani Taliban, responding to a government offer of talks to end their revolt, on Sunday announced preconditions - a troop withdrawal from tribal areas and the release of jailed insurgents.


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Dr.A.K.Tewari | 10 years ago | Reply

This is not an attempt to create hurdle in the on going talk with TTP . They are openly accepting the responsbility of this heinous crime . One thing is very clear that a fraction of TTP is in fevour of peace while the other is inclining for a total war with govt. of Pakistan . Pak army is awaiting a green signal from the newly elected govt. to eliminate them through the use of even Syrine .

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