Bomb kills US soldiers and children in Pakistan

A man attempting to rescue female students from the rubble of a building after a bomb blast near a school in Timergara, Lower Dir district. (REUTERS)

A bomb blast in Pakistan claimed by the Taliban killed eight people yesterday, including three United States soldiers and young children at the opening of a school just rebuilt after a militant attack.

The US soldiers, whom the embassy said were training paramilitary troops, were travelling in a convoy with local troops, journalists and officials to the opening of the girls' school when the roadside bomb exploded. It appears to be the first time US soldiers have been killed in such an incident in Pakistan, a key ally on the frontline of the war on Al Qaeda where militants have killed about 3,000 people since July 2007.

The US embassy condemned the "vicious terrorist bombing", which killed three Americans and wounded two others in the northwest district of Lower Dir, where Pakistan last year launched an assault to drive out Taliban militants.

 

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