Kayani escapes Taliban rocket attack in South Waziristan

Pak Army Chief escaped an attempt on his life when Taliban militants fired rockets at an area in South Waziristan tribal agency shortly after his visit to the troubled region.

Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 13:54 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Tuesday escaped an attempt on his life when Taliban militants fired rockets at an area in South Waziristan tribal agency shortly after his visit to the troubled region.

Kayani was accompanied by air force Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman on a joint visit to the restive tribal region on Tuesday.

The militants fired at least four rockets in Laddha area as soon Kayani left the area, Geo News reported. A media team covering the army chief`s visit had to hide in a bunker.

No casualties were reported in the incident. Soon after the attack, security personnel retaliated with gunfire, the channel reported.

The spokesman of the Inter-Services Public Relations of the Pakistan Army, however , denied the attack in a statement issued. The army and air chiefs of Pakistan visited the troubled region in the wake of reports that militants have been flushed out from over 85% of the area. The Pakistan military launched a crackdown against Taliban and al-Qaida militants in the northwestern tribal areas, bordering Afghanistan, more than a year ago.

Bureau Report