Two soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Pakistan


Islamabad : Two more paramilitary troops were killed and eight injured in a militant attack in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province as a security convoy was hit by a roadside bomb, media reports said Tuesday.

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The incident took place Monday evening, hours after suspected Islamic insurgents killed an officer of the Frontier Constabulary (FC) and wounded his driver and a soldier near the town of Tank.

After the bombing of the convoy, gunmen opened fired on FC personnel in an ambush by a bridge under construction, Aaj TV said.

In another incident in the province's town of Bannu on Monday, four suspected militants were killed in an exchange of fire with police. Three people, including two officers and a passer-by, were injured.

Meanwhile, two people were injured Tuesday in the provincial capital of Peshawar when a bomb exploded in the car park of the High Court, Aaj reported.

Pro-Taliban militants in the province have staged several attacks on police and security forces in recent months, killing dozens of officers.

Towns located in the restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, like Tank and Bannu, have been the worst affected.

Two soldiers were killed Saturday and seven injured when a roadside bomb hit a military convoy near Tank.

Additional paramilitary units were deployed in the town in mid-May after five people died in clashes between heavily armed militants and security forces, but they failed to control the situation, media reports said.

"Taliban were roaming in the area hours after the Monday incidents," Pakistan's Daily Times reported.