20 troops martyrs in bomb blast in Bannu

2014-01-20 00:34:46 | Al Muslim News
20 troops martyrs in bomb blast in Bannu

 

A bomb blast through a vehicle carrying security forces inside a Pakistani army compound in the northwestern region, killing 20 people, most of them paramilitary troops, security officials said. The vehicle was hired by the paramilitary Frontier Corps, said police official Inyat Ali Khan from the Bannu region where the explosion occurred. It was part of a convoy that was about to leave the military base in the town of Bannu and drive west to the North Waziristan tribal area, he said. The convoy was part of a regular troop rotation going into North Waziristan, said a military source. He said the bulk of the casualties were from the Frontier Corps because the bomb was planted in a vehicle hired by the paramilitary force to transport their personnel, but he could not confirm whether any civilians were killed. The explosion killed 20 people, said the military official. Another military official confirmed the death toll. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. At least 30 people were also wounded, many of them critically, said the officials, so the death toll could rise..

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