Taliban bomber kills 11 soldiers in Pakistan's Swat Valley

07 February, 2018, 01:36 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Security forces and police have cordoned off the area in Swat's Kabal tehsil. SCREENGRAB

The last deadly attacked carried out by TTP militants in Swat in January 2013 had targeted a religious center and killed 21 worshipers and injured 70 others. It also raised the number of troops wounded in the attack to 13.

Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday attended the joint funeral prayer of 11 soldiers who lost their lives in Swat attack on Saturday.

The match was also being watched by civilians, and the casualty count could rise as a large number of people had gathered in the area, he said, adding that wounded were being shifted to a nearby military hospital.

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A few days ago, the Swat police claimed to have arrested two militants, in the same area, allegedly involved in anti-state activities during spillover of militancy to the Swat valley.

Turkeyyesterday condemned Saturday's terrorist attack in Pakistan which killed several soldiers.

The prime minister said that no cowardly attack can deter Pakistan in pursuing struggle against the menace of terrorism to its logical conclusion.

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Since then peace has returned to the area popular with domestic and foreign tourists, and militant attacks have become extremely rare in the valley known as Pakistan's Switzerland. The Pakistani military wrested the region from the Taliban in 2009 and has maintained a heavy presence.

Operation Rah-e-Haq was launched thrice in the valley and Shangla district in 2007, 2008, and 2009 respectively.

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