Suicide attack on Pakistan Army's sports unit in Peshawar kills 11 soldiers, injures 13 others

Peshawar: A suicide attack on a sports unit belonging to the Pakistan Army in the restive northwest province on Thursday killed 11 soldiers, including an officer, and injured 13 others, the military said.

 Suicide attack on Pakistan Armys sports unit in Peshawar kills 11 soldiers, injures 13 others

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The incident occurred in Swat district's Kabal Tehsil in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the military's media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

It said that eight soldiers succumbed to their injuries in the hospital, taking the death toll to 11.

The military statement said 13 people were injured in the blast and have been admitted to the hospital. The forces have cordoned off the area and started a search operation, it added.

The injured persons were taken to Saidu Teaching Hospital in Mingora in Swat. The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack, The Express Tribune reported.

The report said that the outfit noted that it was the second attack this month.

Swat Valley has witnessed many attacks and was briefly controlled by the Taliban between 2007 and 2009. At least two militants were killed during a search operation in December last year.

In October, one person was killed and two others injured when a remote-controlled bomb went off in Malam Jabba area.

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Updated Date: Feb 09, 2018 09:44:17 IST