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22 April 2024

Bomb hits military convoy in northwestern Pakistan, killing 3 troops, army says

By Agencies


A bomb exploded Thursday near a military convoy in the tribal region of northwest Pakistan, killing three security personnel and wounding another, the army spokesman said.

The blast struck when the convoy was heading from a post along the Afghan border to Khar, the main town of the Bajur tribal area, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said.

Three members of the government paramilitary Frontier Corps were killed and another was wounded, he said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The explosion came amid a spike in militant-linked violence in the northwest, raising fears for the security of crucial parliamentary elections next week.

On Tuesday, militants fired 10 rockets at a military base in Bajur “from multiple directions” but there were no reports of injuries or damage, the military said in a statement Wednesday. The military opened fire in response, the statement said. (AP)