Bomb kills 10 security officers in Pakistan
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 21:28
Peshawar: A landmine attack and ambush killed 10 Pakistani troops near the Afghan border on Wednesday, in a sign that violence is spreading away from the frontlines of a major anti-Taliban offensive.

Pakistan has pressed around 30,000 forces, backed by war planes and attack helicopters, into battle in a US-endorsed mission to wipe out the chief strongholds of Tehreek-e-Taliban in the tribal district of South Waziristan.

The district, one of seven in Pakistan's tribal belt, is in the border area with Afghanistan where US officials say al Qaeda is plotting attacks on the West and Islamist militants are embedded in large swathes of the mountains.

Today's deaths were reported in Mohmand, where the paramilitary Frontier Corps has been operating for well over a year against the Taliban, and after security officials warned that the militants are stepping up attacks elsewhere.

"Eight soldiers were martyred and two were wounded when their vehicle hit a landmine buried on the roadside," Major Fazal ur-Rehman, spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps, said a news agency.

The attack happened on the outskirts of Safi town near the Afghan border in Mohmand tribal district, the paramilitary said.

"The soldiers were on a routine patrol. The landmine was buried by militants. The explosion damaged the pick-up," said Rehman.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 21:28

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