IED blast kills 8 soldiers in North Waziristan

Military launches a search operation after deadly attack

MIRANSHAH – A roadside bomb killed at least eight soldiers and wounded several others in a restive tribal area on Thursday, the military said.

The bomb exploded as a military convoy passed in the village of Ghulamkhan in North Waziristan, one of seven tribal districts. “At least eight security forces personnel embraced martyrdom in an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) blast which had been planted by terrorists on Miranshah-Ghulamkhan road,” the military said in a statement.

“Several security forces personnel are critically injured.” Local military officials confirmed the incident and said troops called in air support and launched a search operation in the area after the attack. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack comes two weeks after the Tehreek-e-Taliban formally ended a ceasefire called to help peace talks with the government. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government started negotiations with the militia through intermediaries in February in the hope of ending their bloody seven-year insurgency.

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