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Sunday, 15 September 2013

It is done by our own sin

It is done by our own sin

Roadside bomb kills Pak general, two officers

Major General and Lieutenant Colonel killed in IED attack in North Waziristan
At least one security man was killed and another was injured when a roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED) targeted their vehicle near Upper Dir, the administrative headquarters of North Waziristan. According to a military source, the security forces’ vehicle was undertaking a routine patrol when it came under the IED attack. Subsequently, Major General Sanaullah and Lieutenant Colonel Tauseef were killed whereas another security official was injured.

The casualties were shifted to a local military hospital in the area.

Meanwhile, security forces’ personnel cordoned off the area and investigations went underway to apprehend those responsible for the attack. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack, in what could be seen as major blow to government's ongoing efforts to end the insurgency in the country.

TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said that the bomb attack was carried out by its Swat chapter.

Talking to senior journalist and Geo News anchor Saleem Safi from an undisclosed location, the TTP spokesman said that the militant outfit held a meeting of its Shura (central decision making body), to consider Islamabad’s talks offer.

Shahid called for troops pull out from insurgency stricken areas before holding negotiations.

He said that the government following talks in the past betrayed the militants and they were wary of entering agreement with the incumbent setup this time around.

The TTP spokesman said that the government had not made any formal contact with the militants so far.

North Waziristan is one of the seven regions in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) governed by tribal laws. An extremist insurgency led by the TTP plagues the region and the area is known to be infested with militants, including those from Al Qaeda and other armed extremist organisations.