Suicide bomber kills at least 11 soldiers in northern Pakistan
[REUTERS] At least 11 soldiers were killed and 13 maimed on Saturday in a suicide kaboom near an army base in northern Pakistain, officials said, in a region that was once controlled by a local faction of the Taliban
Attacks have decreased sharply in the picturesque Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
Valley but can cause alarm in a region where Pak Taliban bully boyz took partial control in 2007, before being ousted two years later in a major military operation hailed as an important blow against Islamist violence.
Swat was the first sizeable region outside Pakistain’s lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan to fall to the Death Eaters. More than 2,000 Taliban fighters have been driven out of the region, government officials say.
The Pakistain Army’s public relations wing said in a statement that the "suicide attack" in the Swat Valley took place at the "army unit sports area".
"The soldiers were playing volleyball in the evening outside the military base...when a jacket wallah managed to blow himself up," said a security official who asked not to be identified.
The match was also being watched by civilians, and the casualty count could rise as a large number of people had gathered in the area, he said, adding that maimed were being shifted to a nearby military hospital.
The attack was claimed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban, also known as the Pak Taliban, in a statement sent to the media.
"God willing Tehrik-e-Taliban has started the process of Dire Revenge attacks," Taliban front man Mohammad Khurasani said in the statement. "Wait for more (attacks) to follow."
Posted by: Fred 2018-02-04