6 Pakistani soldiers killed in mine blast

PESHAWAR: At least six soldiers were killed and four others injured in separate explosions triggered by militants in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) on Thursday, news reports said.

In the first incident, three soldiers died when two improvised explosive devices (IED) exploded in North Waziristan, Express News reported.

“A Road Opening Party was inspecting the Bannu-Miransah road to build a military check post when they stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED),” police said.

The incident took place around 16 miles east of Miranshah.

The military confirmed the incident through a spokesperson.

“Two soldiers embraced martyrdom and three were injured early in morning in two IED blasts planted by terrorists on roadside near Nosher Fort, bordering North Waziristan,” a statement by the the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Another issued a short time later added one of the wounded subsequently died.

In the second incident, three soldiers lost their lives while two others were injured when a vehicle of the security forces ran over on a landmine in Frontier Region Bannu. The injured were taken to a local hospital for medical assistance.

The deceased were identified as Nasir Ali, Jaffar Khan and Muzaffar while the injured were identified as Qaiser Abdullah and Sifarish.

Security forces have often been targeted in Fata, which is one of the volatile areas of the country.

Earlier eight people, including three policemen were injured, when a bomb strapped on to a motorcycle exploded in Bannu on May 16. Five kilogrammes of homemade explosives had been planted beneath the seat of the motorcycle and detonated through a remote control.

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