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Human bomb kills 11 soldiers in Pakistan
February 04, 2018
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PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber killed at least 11 soldiers and injured 13 at an army camp in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, the military said.

An officer was among those who died in the bombing, which was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban in an email to journalists.

The attacker targeted an army unit’s sports area in the Kabal area of the Swat Valley, the military’s media wing said in a statement.

A security official who asked not to be identified said the suicide bomber blew himself up as soldiers were playing a volleyball match that was being watched by a number of local civilians.

He added that the casualty count could rise as a large number of people had gathered in the area.

The attack was claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban, also known as the Pakistani Taliban, in a statement sent to the media. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemned the attack in a region that has also increasingly become an important part of the country’s domestic tourism industry, with ski resorts popping up along the hills of the Swat Valley.

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