Nine Pak security personnel killed, 20 injured
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 06, 2011, 00:52
Islamabad: Nine Pakistani security personnel were killed and over 20 more injured on Tuesday in three separate attacks in the country's restive northwest and an area bordering Iran, officials said.

The deadliest attack in the south-western Balochistan province killed five paramilitary troopers and injured six more.

A security forces convoy was targeted with a roadside bomb in Mand Ballo area of Trubat district, located near the border with Iran.

The bomb was triggered by remote control as the convoy was passing by, officials said. The injured were taken to Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, where doctors described the condition of two of them as very critical.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Security forces launched a search operation and detained some suspects.

Earlier in the day, three soldiers were killed and 15 more injured when a security forces convoy was targeted with a roadside bomb in the volatile North Waziristan tribal region.

The bomb exploded as the convoy was heading to Datta Khel, 45 km from Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency. One vehicle was destroyed by the blast.

The attack was carried out despite a curfew clamped by authorities to facilitate the movement of troops.

Another paramilitary trooper was killed in South Waziristan Agency when Taliban fighters attacked a check post in Makeen area, officials said.

In separate developments, three members of a family were killed when a mortar shell hit their house in Pewar Tangi area of Pakistan's Kurram tribal region, where Pakistani troops launched an offensive against the Taliban over the weekend.

A bomb went off near a check post in Charwagai area of Khyber tribal region though there were no reports of loss of life.

Another explosive device planted outside a school in Landi Kotal area of Khyber Agency was defused by a bomb disposal squad.

Militants blew up a telephone exchange in Mattani area on the outskirts of Peshawar last night, police officials said today. There were no reports of casualties.


First Published: Wednesday, July 06, 2011, 00:52

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