Blast Targeting Security Vehicle Kills Five Soldiers In N. Pakistan

(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) ISLAMABAD, June 21 (KUNA) -- At least five soldiers of Pakistan army were killed in a blast targeting a security forces vehicle in Pakistan's northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province bordering Afghanistan, said Pakistan military on Friday.
According to a press release issued by Pakistan military's media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded on a vehicle of the security forces in the general area of Sadda in Kurram district of KPK.
ISPR confirmed that five soldiers of the Pakistan army "made the ultimate sacrifice and embraced martyrdom".
The statement added that a security operation of the area was being carried out to eliminate any terrorists present in the area.
The ISPR said the perpetrators of the "heinous act" would be brought to justice.
"Security forces of Pakistan are determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism and such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve," the release concluded.
President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned the attack and lauded the martyrs.
A statement from the President House said he appreciated the patriotism and sense of duty of the martyrs and praised the role of the security forces in the elimination of terrorism.
Expressing determination to root out terrorism, President Zardari said operations by law enforcement agencies would continue. Moreover, Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of security forces personnel in the IED blast.
In a statement by PM office, Sharif strongly condemned the act of terrorism and said the whole nation salutes the martyrs.
The Prime Minister expressed condolences to the families of the martyrs and prayed for high ranks of the martyrs in the hereafter.
He vowed to continue the fight against terrorism until complete elimination of the menace.
The militant attack comes at a time when Pakistan has witnessed a rise in terror attacks especially in KPK and Balochistan provinces bordering Afghanistan after the banned outfit Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ended the ceasefire agreement with the government last year. (end)


Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

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