Swat attack: Army Chief attends joint funeral prayer of 11 martyrs

Three security officials martyred in Swat suicide attack

At least three army soldiers were martyred in terrorists' attack on army unit sports area in district Swat on Sunday. The death toll may further increase as several injured were in a critical condition, health officials said.

"The soldiers were playing volleyball in the evening outside the military base. when a suicide bomber managed to blow himself up", an official told Reuters.

Later, the COAS visited CMH Peshawar to meet injured of the incident. All the injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital Saidu Sharif.

The valley was once a TTP stronghold from 2007 to 2009.

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The powerful explosion, which rocked the surrounding area, occurred in the Kabal region of Swat, a picturesque valley in the northern part of the country. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Mohammad Khurasani claimed they had sent a young suicide bomber, Siddiqullah, to carry out the suicide attack on the military camp in Swat. "Wait for more [such attacks] to follow".

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the military would continue its war against the Taliban. Abbasi said that no cowardly attack can deter Pakistan from pursuing struggle against the menace of terrorism to its logical conclusion.

A few days ago, the Swat police claimed to have arrested two militants, in the same area, allegedly involved in anti-state activities during spillover of militancy to the Swat valley.

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