Three killed, dozens wounded, in suicide attack on Pakistan forces

By REUTERS
September 1, 2015 09:10

 
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan- A suicide bomber on Tuesday killed at least three people and wounded dozens in Pakistan's volatile northwest where security forces are fighting the Taliban and their allies, officials said.

The attack targeted a paramilitary vehicle in the Jamrud area of the Khyber tribal agency, official Shaukatullah Afridi, who was metres away from the blast, told Reuters.

The vehicle belonged to the Khasadar, or tribal police force. At least 43 wounded were rushed to hospital in Peshawar, about 20 km (12 miles) to the east, hospital doctor Noor Wazir said, adding the death toll could rise.

The military has been battling the Pakistani Taliban and their ally, the Lashkar-e-Islam, in Khyber since October last year, with fighting mostly focused on the strategic Tirah Valley.

Hundreds of militants have been killed in ground operations and air strikes, according to the military. Several soldiers have also been killed. Reuters is unable to independently verify the figures, as access to the area has been strictly controlled.

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