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