Suicide Bomber In PoK Kills Five Soldiers6 January 2010
The Indian Express
Islamabad: Five soldiers died in a suicide attack in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and clashes with militants, even as troops pushed on with their search and clearance operations against the Taliban in the Swat valley and Waziristan tribal region, authorities said on Wednesday. A suicide bomber struck an army barracks at Tararkhal, over 90 km from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir capital Muzaffarabad, on Wednesday morning. Fourteen soldiers were injured and four of them later succumbed to injuries. Part of the barracks was destroyed by the blast. This was the third suicide attack in PoK since June last year. Violence by pro-Taliban militants has spread to PoK in recent months. The region was largely unaffected by militant attacks over the years. A soldier was killed and two more were injured when Taliban militants fired several rockets at security forces at Tabai Sar in the Razmak sector of Waziristan, the military said. Troops conducted a search and clearance operation at Sherkai near Razmak and cleared more than 100 houses. Search and clearance operations were also conducted at Badar valley in the Shakai sector. In the Swat valley, security forces apprehended two suspected militants and seized a cache of arms and ammunition during search operations at several places. Meanwhile, Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani chaired a Corps Commanders’ Conference at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to review the security situation in and around Pakistan. The meeting was given a briefing on the security situation. “The forum showed satisfaction over the operational preparedness of the Army,” said a statement issued by the military spokesman. At least 12 Taliban militants were killed on Wednesday in two back-to-back US drone strikes on a terrorist training compound in Pakistan’s restive North Waziristan tribal region, the fifth such attack in a week. A drone fired two missiles at the militant training centre at Sunzali in Dattakhel sub-division of North Waziristan in the first attack. Seven people were killed, officials were quoted as saying by TV news channels. The second attack was carried out as militants were sifting through the debris of the compound and pulling out bodies. At least five militants were killed in this attack. Reports said two foreigners were among the dead.