Gen Bajwa attends funeral prayers of martyred army personnel in Peshawar

Feb 07, 2018, 01:36
Gen Bajwa attends funeral prayers of martyred army personnel in Peshawar

Parts of the vallery had become strongholds of the Pakistani Taliban between 2007 and 2009.

The incident has created concerns among the residents of the area as it reminded them the terror wave in the valley that had eventually resulted in their displacement in 2009. In 2012, Taliban militants had shot and severely injured Malala Yousafzai, who has campaigned for girls' education in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to journalists, warning that the group would carry out more such attacks.

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Media cell of Pakistan military, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported that the Army Chief, Khyber Pakhuntkhwa (KP) Governor and Peshawar Corps Commander among other military and civil personalities.

Sources told VOA army officials were playing in a volleyball match when the bomb went off.

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"God willing Tehreek-e-Taliban has started the process of revenge attacks", Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khurasani said in the statement. "Wait for more [such attacks] to follow".

The military has been on alert for signs of a Taliban resurgence as it seeks to rebuild civilian institutions and win over the local population as a bulwark against radical ideology. The attack on the Army unit also injured 13 other security personnel.

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Prime Minister Abbasi said the war against terrorism will continue till the elimination of the last terrorist from Pakistan.