ISLAMABAD (AP) — A roadside bomb targeting a passing Pakistani army convoy exploded Sunday, killing nine soldiers in a tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, authorities said.

The roadside bomb exploded in a village near Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal area, the army said in a statement. It said the bombing killed nine soldiers, but did not say if anyone was wounded in the attack.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, which happened in a region home to a mix of local Pakistani, Afghan and al-Qaida-linked foreign militants.

Pakistan has been dragging its feet in launching a military offensive against the militants in the region, saying that it's forces were already too stretched fighting the militancy in other tribal areas along the border.

The outgoing Pakistani government of President Zardari carried out several military offensives against the insurgents. The newly elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has a stated policy that it will give priority to a peace dialogue with the homegrown militants instead fighting them out. Sharif's party also took this line as one of the main themes of his campaigning for May 11 elections, which brought him in power.

While there's no Pakistani military offensive in the region, the U. S. carries out suspected drone strikes there targeting militants. One such suspected strike Saturday killed three alleged foreign militants in an abandoned seminary in the region. In a statement, Pakistan's foreign ministry condemned the strike, calling them "unilateral" and a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.

While a source of tension with the U. S., Pakistan is believed to privately support some strikes.

About News.net

Publishing Services International Limited (PSIL) is the publisher and operator of a worldwide network of online news sites dedicated to delivering fair, accurate and relevant reporting from a variety of the world’s most trusted sources – from the biggest cities to the smallest towns.

We deliver positive and powerful messages to our readers, providing up‑to‑the‑second news that matters to the individual.

Our promise is to serve communities and individuals worldwide, delivering information that hasn’t always been available to them. We will give them back a voice – a voice that’s empowering because it is theirs – and provide a platform to communicate between themselves and the world.

We believe people are not just generic demographics; they are individuals with their own preferences and curiosities. We are about understanding these individuals, listening to them, and serving them.

We are the new pioneering spirit of news – we’re not talking to everyone, we’re talking with every one.

If you want your news, your voice, your way, on your time – we’ve got news for you.

 

FAQs

Email

If you have any questions or concerns please email us on support@news.net

Phone

  • Australia, Toll Free 1-800-983-421
  • Hong Kong, Toll Free 800-906-187
  • Singapore, Toll Free 800-852-3871
  • USA/Canada, Toll Free 1-800-830-4132

Advertise With Us

Interested in being awesome?
Contact us by email or phone.

Cancel