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Pakistani Taliban claim attack that killed 11 soldiers

Pakistani Taliban claim attack that killed 11 soldiers Pakistani Taliban claim attack that killed 11 soldiers
Melinda Barton | 04 February, 2018, 09:04

At least 11 soldiers, including an army captain, were killed and 13 others were injured Saturday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a highly guarded army base in northern Pakistan, officials said.

Army officials in Swat told The News that the soldiers were playing a volleyball match outside their base camp in Kabal in lower Swat valley when a young suicide bomber managed to enter the restricted area and blew himself up near the soldiers. As per Pakistani media reports, the banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Army's media wing added that the attacker targetted the sports area of the armed forces' unit.

Sources said that the security forces cordoned off the area of the blast soon after it went off while the rescue teams transported the injured to Saidu Sharif Hospital.

"God willing Tehreek-e-Taliban has started the process of revenge attacks", Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khurasani said in the statement.

Violence in Pakistan has declined in recent years following a series of military offensives along the northwestern border with Afghanistan, but militant groups are still able to carry out bloody attacks. "Wait for more (attacks) to follow".

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has strongly condemned the suicide attack, the Prime Minister's office said.

Islamic militants ruled the picturesque Swat Valley from 2007 until a massive military operation routed them from the area in 2009. "We will continue our fight till the last trace is rooted out", the statement read.