Peshawar: A would-be suicide bomber blew
himself up when he was surrounded by troops conducting a
search operation in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, security
Acting on a tip-off from local residents about
militants being present at Gumbat area in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
province, the troops launched a search operation.
When he was encircled by troops, the would-be bomber
detonated his suicide vest.
Another would-be suicide attacker and five handlers
were arrested by the security forces.
One soldier was injured in the exchange of fire
between the troops and the militants, the officials said.
Gumbat is part of the Malakand region, a former
The army launched an operation in Malakand and Swat in
2009 to flush out Taliban fighters led by Maulana Fazlullah.