TTP bombing kills 11 troops in Swat Valley

Seven other soldiers were injured in the bombing which was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban in an email to journalists.  AFP

The Pakistani Taliban on Sunday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack the day before that killed 11 soldiers and wounded 13 in the Swat Valley.

The Chief of Army Staff ( COAS ) General Qamar Javed Bajwa attended the funeral prayers of 11 army personnel, including an officer, martyred in a suicide attack on Saturday.

The Inter-Services Public Relations, the Pakistan Army's media wing, said the attacker on Saturday targetted the sports area of the armed forces' unit and those killed include seven soldiers who were critically injured in the attack. The Taliban also warned more attacks in near future.

Reports suggest that the blast took place near the Pakistan Army's sports unit situated in the area.

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The Pakistani army had launched a large scale operation against the militants in the Swat valley in 2009 and destroyed their hideouts within two months. The injured were later shifted by rescue officials to a hospital in Saidu Sharif area of Swat, according to government sources.

At least two militants were killed during a search operation in December previous year. The operation involved evacuating 2 million people from the valley.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi strongly condemned the suicide attack in Swat. Abbasi pledged that the country's security forces will "fight until the last terrorist is eliminated".

Parts of the vallery had become strongholds of the Pakistani Taliban between 2007 and 2009.

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