11 Soldiers Killed, 13 Wounded In Taliban Claimed Suicide Attack Near Pakistan Army Base

| February 4 , 2018 , 10:07 IST

At least 11 soldiers were killed and 13 others wounded on Saturday in a suicide attack near an army base in the Swat region of northern Pakistan, which was previously under the control of a local faction of the Taliban. The attack was claimed by militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban, known as the Pakistani Taliban, in a statement sent to the media.

"God willing Tehreek-e-Taliban has started the process of revenge attacks," Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khurasani said in the statement. "Wait for more (attacks) to follow."

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In a statement, the Pakistan Army's public relations wing said that the 'suicide attack' took place in the 'army unit sports area' in the Swat Valley.

"The soldiers were playing volleyball in the evening outside the military base...when a suicide bomber managed to blow himself up," said a security official anonymously.

Civilians were also watching the match and a large number of people had gathered in the area, due to which it is possible that the casualty count could increase, the official added.

In 2007, the Pakistani Taliban insurgents had taken partial control of the Swat Valley, but they were ousted 2 years later in a major military operation with more than 2,000 Taliban fighters being driven out of the region.  

The attack on Pakistan comes in the wake of the international community putting pressure on the nation to take action against safe havens for terrorists on its soil, that have been blamed for increase in instability in the south Asia region.