ISLAMABAD: Three separate bomb attacks - two in Islamabad and one in Mohmand tribal region- killed six soldiers and one civilian on Saturday, officials said.
The first blast took place in an upmarket shopping area in Islamabad around 2:00 am late Friday night, killing one security guard. Another watchman was wounded in the Super Market explosion, and is under treatment at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, officials added.
“One watchman has died in the hospital, he was very critically wounded and did not survive,” police official Chaudhry Hafiz Hussain said.
Shortly afterward, another small blast in a different shopping centre destroyed a car but no one was injured, police said.
Mohammad Ali, a police official, said the blast in G-9 Markaz (Karachi Company) came from a ‘low-intensity’ device planted in a car.
Images broadcast on local television showed broken glass and branches strewn across the pavement.
“No one was hurt,” he told reporters.
The third bomb hit a convoy of paramilitary Frontier Corps in a remote village of the Mohmand tribal district along the border with Afghanistan.
Six soldiers died and another was injured.
“It was an IED blast. A total of six security personnel embraced Shahadat (Martyrdom),” the official told AFP, adding that four troops had died immediately and two later in hospital.
Islamabad has been relatively peaceful in recent years, but in the past few months it has been hit by an attack on the district court and a bombing at a vegetable market that killed 22 and wounded scores of others.
After the blasts, Islamabad police launched a search operation in different parts of the city and nabbed more than 15 suspects from the suburbs.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts but they come as the government is locked in stop-start peace talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Peace talks between TTP and the government began in February but have made little progress.
A month-long ceasefire between Pakistan and the Taliban expired last month.
The blasts came days after military jets pounded suspected militant hideouts. Ground troops also moved into a small portion of North Waziristan, an area on the Afghan border considered the main stronghold of Taliban forces. According to police, the blasts may be reaction of military action against hardcore terrorists in North Waziristan Agency.
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