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Four FC personnel martyred in Kurram Agency

15 October, 2017

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At least four Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were martyred and two others injured in three low-intensity blasts in the Kharlachi area of Kurram Agency near the Pak-Afghan border on Sunday.

According to security sources, the first blast occurred when a bomb disposal squad team was conducting a routine search in the area.

Two other explosives went off in the area after the first blast as security forces reached the site to aid in a rescue operation.

The nature of the blasts is unknown, but the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Following the blasts, security officials cordoned off the area and launched a search operation, while all those injured were shifted to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Kurram is one of the most sensitive tribal areas as it borders three Afghan provinces and at one point was one of the key routes for militant movement across the border.

The region was claimed by the military to have been cleared of insurgents during an operation a few years ago. However, militants still carry out sectarian attacks and also target security forces occasionally.

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