Three children and three Pakistani army soldiers were killed in a suicide bombing in the restive tribal district of North Waziristan on the border with Afghanistan on Sunday, the army said.
The incident happened in the town of Miran Shah, the Pakistani army’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) news agency said in a statement.
The children ranged in age from 4 to 11, he said, adding that three soldiers also died in the incident. “Intelligence agencies are investigating to uncover (the) suicide bomber and his handlers/facilitators,” the ISPR added.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the suicide bombing and expressed his sorrow for the lives lost. In a statement, he offered his condolences to the families of the children.
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“The killers of innocent children are the enemies of both Islam and humanity. We will not stand idly by until this brutality is eradicated,” he said, vowing to punish the perpetrator’s enablers.
Taking to Twitter, the Pakistani Prime Minister also said, “The blood of our soldiers and citizens is a debt to us which we will repay by eradicating terrorism from our country.” Pakistani Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb also condemned the attack and offered her condolences.
According to Radio Pakistan, the minister said the disbelievers wanted to “destabilize public order in the country”. Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also condemned the attack.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan condemned the blast. Last month, two Pakistani army soldiers were killed in the Sararogha area of South Waziristan district in a shootout with terrorists.
On April 23, three soldiers were killed in the Dewagar area of the North Waziristan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during an exchange of fire with terrorists across the Afghan border.
First post: STI