Swat attack: Army Chief attends joint funeral prayer of 11 martyrs

by Antonio Miles February 7, 2018, 1:37
Swat attack: Army Chief attends joint funeral prayer of 11 martyrs

In a statement, the ISPR said that the suicide blast took place in Sports Area of Army Unit in Kabal.

Eleven soldiers including a captain were martyred and 13 others injured in the gruesome attack. The bomber detonated his explosives vest near an empty lot where soldiers were playing volleyball.

Security forces have cordoned off the area and are searching for possible accomplices of the bomber.

Since being chased out the region, the Taliban have carried out revenge attacks against anti-militancy activists and attempted to extort money from business owners in a region where Pakistan has stationed more than 4,000 soldiers.

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Swat used to be a stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban until 2009 when the army launched a major counterinsurgency offensive and flushed militants from the valley.

Government sources said rescue teams reached the area and shifted the injured to a hospital in Saidu Sharif. Pakistan says militants who escaped from Swat and elsewhere are now operating out of the Kunar province in neighbouring Afghanistan. The operation involved evacuating 2 million people from the valley.

Pakistan's prime minister condemned the attack and promised to continue fighting against the terrorist groups. Abbasi said that no cowardly attack can deter Pakistan from pursuing struggle against the menace of terrorism to its logical conclusion.

The region was controlled by a local faction of the Taliban between 2007 and 2009.


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