Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

7 killed in remote-controlled explosion in Bajaur Agency

7 killed in remote-controlled explosion in Bajaur Agency

At least seven people including five security personnel were killed and several others injured in a remote-controlled bomb attack in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Bajaur Agency, local Urdu media reported on Sunday.

Officials said the administrator of the Mamoond sub-district, Fawad Ali, was being driven to a border village to attend a traditional assembly of tribal elders when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.

A few hours after the blast, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terror group, also known as Pakistani Taliban, released a statement, claiming responsibility for the attack.

Police and security forces as well as rescue team rushed to the blast site immediately after the bomb attack. Security in the region has improved in recent years after the Pakistani military mounted offensives there against the al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban, which is considered the country's biggest security threat.

Bajaur borders the volatile eastern Afghan province of Kunar where fugitive Pakistani militants have taken refugee and extremists loyal to Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State are also well-entrenched. Pakistani troops have for over a decade been battling militants in the region to curb insurgencies by the Takfiri terrorist groups of Taliban and al-Qaeda.

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