Bomb kills five Pakistani soldiers: officials
Pakistani army soldiers patrol outside a local tribal police checkpost following a bomb blast in the restive Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, on May 10, 2013. A roadside bomb killed five Pakistani soldiers and wounded 19 others Sunday in the restive northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said.
The incident happened in the Boya area of North Waziristan, a stronghold of militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
"At least five soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom) and 19 others were injured in an explosion caused by an improvised explosive device," a senior security official told AFP.
He said the bomb hit a convoy of up to 20 vehicles carrying regular soldiers and members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps to the town of Miranshah from the Datta Khel area.
Another security official confirmed the toll.
Pakistan is battling a Taliban-led domestic insurgency that has killed thousands of civilians and security personnel since 2007.
Troops have been fighting for years against homegrown insurgents in the tribal belt, which Washington also considers the main hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.
North Waziristan is frequently targeted by US drones. A drone strike on Saturday on a compound in the Heso Khel area killed at least four militants.
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