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Pakistan roadside bomb 'kills 14 soldiers'
At least 14 Pakistani soldiers were killed and 25 others injured Sunday when a roadside bomb hit a military convoy in a lawless tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

The improvised explosive device struck the convoy in Dosali village in the troubled North Waziristan tribal district, a notorious stronghold of Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked militants, a senior military official said.

"At least 14 soldiers embraced martyrdom and 25 others were wounded in an IED (attack)," he said about the bombing which was confirmed by local security officials.

All the soldiers killed were in one truck and those injured were in vehicles behind it, he added.

Local residents said military helicopter gunships had reached the scene after the attack. Nobody immediately claimed responsibility but Taliban militants frequently attack security forces in the area.

The seven northwestern tribal districts are rife with homegrown insurgents as well as Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked operatives.

The Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network in North Waziristan, blamed for some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan, is one of the thorniest issues in relations between Islamabad and Washington.
Posted by:tipper

#4  More likely Frontier Constabulary (it commonly gets referred to as 'army') or second-line troops.

Since no US drones were involved and the area is a "notorious stronghold", I doubt the Pak army can push the blame onto the USG; that would take moving the attacks a few more miles westward. No doubt the ISI will be a little more on its toes next time.
Posted by: Pappy   2013-01-13 17:13  

#3  Will Pakistani Army Liaison officers be pulled out of AFG? Will the US Gov't be required to apologize and make monetary restitution ?
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-01-13 13:36  

#2  "or"
Posted by: Frank G   2013-01-13 13:34  

#1  Musta been the Juice of Djinns. The Pak Taliban wouldn't do that
Posted by: Frank G   2013-01-13 13:33