Blast kills 8 troops in northeastern Pakistan

By Aamir Latif, Thursday, May 08, 2014

8 troops killed by bomb blast in Pakistan's northeastern region North Waziristan

8 troops killed by bomb blast in Pakistan's northeastern region North Waziristan

ISLAMABAD – Eight army troops were killed in a remote-control bomb blast in Pakistan's northeastern North Waziristan region on Thursday, near the border with Afghanistan.

The blast struck a military vehicle in the region's capital Miramshah, killing 8 troops on the spot according to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations.

This is the biggest attack on the army since an end to a 40-day long Taliban ceasefire with security forces in April, and casts further doubts on the ongoing but fragile peace process.

The blast occured at a time when the Taliban and government-appointed negotiators are desperately trying to restore talks that were suspended following the ceasefire's end.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but similar attacks have previously been carried out by groups affiliated to the overarching Taliban network, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. 

North Waziristan is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal areas of Pakistan and a bastion of the powerful Haqqani network, a group blamed for brazen attacks on foreign forces in Afghanistan, and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. The Haqqani group does not support the Taliban's attacks on the Pakistan army.

Intense infighting between two rival Tehrik-e-Taliban affiliated groups have claimed 60 lives from both sides in last three months.

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