Pakistan Blast: Four people were killed in a suicide bombing in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, the army said in a statement. Security officials said the attacker targeted a security post in northwestern Pakistan, killing two soldiers, a policeman and a civilian.
This was the second attack to attack Pakistan in as many days. The bombing took place in North Waziristan, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province that borders Afghanistan and a former stronghold of the militant Pakistani Taliban group, also known as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP.
According to Rahmat Khan, a local police officer, several civilians were also injured in the attack. No one claimed responsibility for the attack but suspicion is likely to fall on the Pakistani Taliban.
Over the past six months, the TTP has stepped up its attacks since it ended a unilateral ceasefire with the Pakistani government brokered by neighboring Afghanistan last year.
Also on Wednesday, the TTP claimed responsibility for the previous day’s attack on an oil and gas plant in Hangu, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bordering Afghanistan. Four security personnel and two private guards were killed in the attack on the facility operated by MOL Pakistan Oil and Gas, a multinational European company.
Although a breakaway group, the TTP remains a close ally of the Afghan Taliban, which took over Afghanistan in August 2021 following the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from the country after two decades of war.
Some say that this acquisition has emboldened the TTP in Pakistan.
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