IED blast kills three soldiers in Bannu
07 October, 2013
MIRANSHAH: A roadside bomb on Sunday killed three soldiers and wounded at least seven others in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, officials said.
A military vehicle on a routine patrol hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Bannu region near Miranshah in North Waziristan tribal district, a bastion of militants linked to al Qaeda and the Taliban. "Three soldiers were killed and at least seven others wounded when their vehicle was struck with an IED alongside Bannu-Miranshah road early in the morning on Sunday," said a security official in Peshawar.
A curfew was imposed in the area following the blast. The injured were taken to Bannu Combined Military Hospital, where the hospital management said condition of few personnel was critical. The incident took place 15 kilometres west of Bannu. One soldier was killed on the spot and two others died in hospital, he said. A little known militant organisation, Ansarul Islam Mujahideen, claimed responsibility for the attack.
"We attacked the military convoy in Bannu region this morning," spokesman Abu Baseer told AFP in Miranshah. "Such attacks are in retaliation for the drone strikes and will continue until the US and Pakistani governments stop targeting mujahideen through the unmanned aircraft," he said.