Roadside bomb claims 4 lives, injures 14

Afp April 20, 2010

PESHAWAR: A roadside bomb on Tuesday killed 4 Pakistani troops and wounded 14 others in the northwestern tribal belt along the Afghan border, officials said.

"It was a remote-controlled bomb blast," Mir Chaman Khan, a local police officer told AFP by telephone.

A senior military official in Peshawar confirmed the attack saying that the target was a paramilitary convoy travelling to Parachinar, the main town in Kurram tribal district.

A campaign of suicide attacks and bombings blamed on Al-Qaeda, Taliban and other extremist Islamist groups has killed more than 3,200 people in less than 3 years across the nuclear-armed country of 167 million.

Under US pressure, Pakistan has in the past year significantly increased operations against militants in its tribal belt, which became a haven for hundreds of extremists who fled Afghanistan after the 2001 US-led invasion.

At least 24 people including a child and police officials were killed Monday in bombings hours apart at a high school and a crowded market in Peshawar.


Ammar | 14 years ago | Reply Militants are now routinely ambushing Army convoys, it is important that our men are well-equipped and trained for such assaults, as the main operation has ended and now we are smoking the rats out of the holes. The process of clearing FATA will be long task and we have to keep our morals high as insurgencies are more of physiological battle.
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