COAS attends funeral prayers of martyred security personnel in Peshawar

07 February, 2018, 01:33 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • COAS attends funeral prayers of martyred security personnel in Peshawar

The Pakistan Army's public relations wing said in a statement that the "suicide attack" in the Swat Valley took place at the "army unit sports area".

A captain of the Pakistan Army was among the dead.Thirteen people were injured in the blast in Swat district's Kabal Tehsil.

The bomb exploded on Saturday evening when the soldiers were playing volleyball after duty in the unit's sports area.

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

Taliban militants were pushed out of Swat Valley after the Pakistani military launched an offensive against militants in the region.


In a statement sent to media, the extremist group said a lone suicide bomber carried out the attack to avenge the killing and arrests of fellow militants.

At least two militants were killed during a search operation in December a year ago. However, more than 2,000 Taliban insurgents had been ousted in 2009 in a military operation.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi strongly condemned the suicide attack in Swat.

Prime Minister Abbasi said the war against terrorism will continue till the elimination of the last terrorist from Pakistan.

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

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