Taliban bomber kills 11 soldiers in Pakistan's Swat Valley

Taliban bomber kills 11 soldiers in Pakistan's Swat Valley

Taliban bomber kills 11 soldiers in Pakistan's Swat Valley

Initial reports said three troops died in the attack but later the army said eight soldiers who were critically wounded died of their wounds.

According to ISPR, the attack occurred in Kabal town of Swat district, almost 10 kilometres from Mingora city, where a suicide bomber blew himself up near military unit sports area. The death toll may further increase as several injured were in a critical condition, health officials said. The suicide bomber reportedly blew himself up in a ground where the security personnel were playing volleyball. On Friday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Pakistan was partly to blame for a wave of recent attacks in Kabul, and that Islamabad was harbouring the Afghan Taliban. All the injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital Saidu Sharif.

The area has been cordoned and search operations is underway. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Mohammad Khurasani claimed they had sent a young suicide bomber, Siddiqullah, to carry out the suicide attack on the military camp in Swat.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemnded the attack and said the country will continue their fight against terrorism till the "last trace is rooted out".

The insurgents were active in this region in 2007-2009 before the Pakistani forces regained control over the area following a massive military operation.

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