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7 Soldiers Killed in Attack in Pakistan

Sat 16 Mar 2024 | 05:36 PM
Israa Farhan

In a violent confrontation early Saturday in northwest Pakistan, seven Pakistani soldiers lost their lives in an assault on a military position.

The army reported that the attackers, identified as members of an armed group, were also killed during the incident.

The engagement took place near Mir Ali in the North Waziristan region, close to the Afghanistan border, highlighting the ongoing security challenges in the area.

According to the military's statement, the assailants initially attempted an attack in the early hours, which was followed by a vehicle-borne explosive and several suicide bombings, leading to the collapse of a wall and the death of five soldiers.

The subsequent clashes resulted in the deaths of a major and a captain, with all six attackers being neutralized.

Pakistan has been facing a deteriorating security situation, particularly in regions bordering Afghanistan, since the Taliban's return to power in Kabul in August 2021.

Islamabad has expressed concerns that some of these attacks are planned from Afghan territory, where attackers find sanctuary. However, Kabul denies these allegations.

Most attacks are attributed to the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an entity separate from the Afghan Taliban but sharing similar ideological beliefs, according to Agence France-Presse.

North Waziristan, a semi-autonomous tribal area in northwest Pakistan, has been a focal point for military operations against insurgents linked to al-Qaeda and the Taliban following the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

This recent attack underscores the complex security dynamics and ongoing threats in the region, challenging Pakistan's efforts to maintain stability and security.