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

Laura Christensen
February 7, 2018

Media cell of Pakistan military, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported that the Army Chief, Khyber Pakhuntkhwa (KP) Governor and Peshawar Corps Commander among other military and civil personalities.

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

The bomb exploded on Saturday evening when the soldiers were playing volleyball after duty in the unit's sports area. General Bajwa later visited the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the provincial capital to meet the injured.

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. Earlier the Pakistani Taliban militants had strong influence in most parts of Swat.

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This is the second attack in a month and it is suspected that TTP will carry out more of such attacks.

Pakistan's prime minister condemned the attack and promised to continue fighting against the terrorist groups.

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.

"No cowardly attack can deter us in pursuing our struggle against the menace of terrorism to its logical conclusion".

Other reports by My Hot News

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