Bomb blast kills 3 Pakistani forces near Afghan border

Bomb blast kills 3 Pakistani forces near Afghan border
A soldier stands guard outside the Kitton outpost along the border fence on the border with Afghanistan in North Waziristan, Pakistan October 18, 2017. (REUTERS)
Updated 28 April 2019

Bomb blast kills 3 Pakistani forces near Afghan border

Bomb blast kills 3 Pakistani forces near Afghan border
  • Pakistan claims to have driven out militants in a series of military operations
  • Last year government merged tribal region with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani security official says a bomb blast near the Afghan border has killed three security personnel.

Local administration official Rehmat Khan said a paramilitary soldier was wounded in Saturday’s blast near a security checkpoint in North Waziristan, which was a longtime stronghold of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and other militant groups. Pakistan claims to have driven out the militants in a series of military operations in recent years, but the region still sees occasional attacks.
Last year, the government merged North Waziristan with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province to give equal rights to the 5 million residents of the rugged, tribal region.