IED explosion in SWA leaves 3 FC men martyred

TTP claims responsibility

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar

Subversive activities in the tribal region have gained momentum again as an IED explosion targeting a security forces contingent in South Waziristan agency late Sunday night left at least three security personals martyred. The defunct TTP has reportedly owned the responsibility of the blast.
Hardly a day earlier a couple of explosions one each at Bajaur agency and Buner District Sunday had left at least two people dead and six others including five security personnel seriously wounded. Likewise a deadly suicide blast in a busy vegetable market in Orakzai agency’s headquarters Parachinar in January last had claimed over 25 lives and serious injuries to over fifty others.
Reports reaching here said a contingent of the Frontier Corps (FC) was on its way for a search operation when it was targeted with the help of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Zermelan area in Toee Khel Tehsil some fifty kilometers from the South Waziristan agency’s headquarters Wana Sunday late night leaving many men in uniform injured with three of them receiving critical injuries.
The wounded men in uniform were shifted to hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) also confirmed that three FC personnel injured seriously during the search operation, succumbed to their injuries.
The Political Authorities of the South Waziristan agency, however, on the other hand said the explosion might have been caused by the landmine but it was not clear if the FC men stepped over the explosive device accidently or it was planted by the terrorists to target them. “This is been investigated”. Officials of the Political Administration told Observer.
While the Army supervised ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb in the Waziristan Agencies which is entering its last leg, has yielded positive results and there was a relative calm at least in the South Waziristan agency. However, in the recent days the incidents of landmine explosions are on the rise.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra condemned the incident, saying the war against terrorism will reach its conclusion. He said the entire nation appreciated the efforts and martyrdom of the security forces and tribesmen in their fight against terrorism. In a statement the governor said such kind of incidents cannot weaken our resolve against the terrorism which will shortly be eliminated from the Pakistani soil.

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