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Three Killed in IED Blast

by Newsweek Pakistan
Shah Marai—AFP

Shah Marai—AFP

Maj. Gen. Sanaullah, Lt. Col. Tauseef and Lance Naik Irfan Sattar targeted by IED in Upper Dir district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

A roadside bomb on Sunday killed two senior Pakistan Army officials and a soldier during a routine patrol along the country’s border with Afghanistan.

Maj. Gen. Sanaullah and Lt. Col. Tauseef were visiting troops in the Upper Dir district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED), the military said in a statement. Lance Naik Irfan Sattar was killed in the same attack. Two other soldiers were injured and have been evacuated.

Maj. Gen. Sanaullah was serving as the general officer commanding of Swat, while Lt. Col Tauseef was the commanding officer of the 33 Baloch Regiment.

Local militant group, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack. TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said the group would continue to target government and military targets until it was assured of the sincerity of the government’s offer of peace talks. The militants’ spokesman also said that the group was “at war” with the Government of Pakistan and would not halt attacks.

The Government of Pakistan, last week, announced its intent to initiate peace talks with the TTP after an all-parties conference.

On Saturday, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government announced that the withdrawal of troops from Malakand Division would begin next month, allowing the civil administration to assume control of the area.

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