Explosion leaves three Pakistani Soldiers dead

Peshawar (December 17), a bomb blast in the northwestern tribal area left three Pakistani soldiers dead today. According to the officials, the bomb was planted on a roadside.

The blast took place at Katasarai village in restive Kurram tribal district bordering Afghanistan where Pakistani army and paramilitary forces have launched an operation against Taliban militants.

“Three security personnel including a lieutenant have embraced martyrdom and one other was wounded in an IED (improvised explosive device) blast,” a senior security official told the media personnel.

Local intelligence officials suspect the involvement of Taliban militants in the attack.

Pakistan has for years battled homegrown insurgents in the tribal belt that borders Afghanistan.

More than 3,000 soldiers have died but Pakistan has resisted US pressure to do more to eliminate havens used by Afghan insurgents.

On Thursday, the US Senate voted to freeze roughly $700 million in aid to Pakistan pending assurances from Islamabad on taking steps to thwart militants who use improvised explosive devices (IEDs) against US-led forces in Afghanistan.

Pakistan angrily criticised the move, the latest rift in a fraying alliance that has been in deep crisis since air strikes by US-led forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last month.

The bomb blasts and attacks on Pakistani military forces by Taliban were to contain or limit Pakistan army’s cooperation with the American forces. Now, when Pakistan army has taken a strong stand over Mohamand Agency attack by the NATO forces, attacks like
this were not being expected from Taliban forces.

But experts attribute such attacks to the military operation going under way against the insurgents whose entire motive is to destabilize peace in the country for one excuse or the other.

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