7 killed in remote-controlled explosion in Bajaur Agency

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

At least five people, including four paramilitary troops were killed in a roadside blast in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, an official said. The bombing took place as an official from the civilian administration was traveling with the police to attend a meeting in the Taliban-infested region.

The Pakistani military says it has "cleared" Bajaur from Taliban militants and other extremist groups following a number of offensives there over the past decade, but attacks against government officials, security forces, and those seen as cooperating with the central government remain common.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) claimed responsibility for the explosion, saying it wanted "to eliminate the black infidel democratic system in Pakistan" and impose Islamic justice system.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said this week it is "unfair" to blame his country for troubles in Afghanistan, adding that the U.S. should have greater respect for its efforts to combat militancy.

The bomb, he said, was planted along a road in Tangi village of Bajaur Agency, which sits near the Afghan border, and was detonated remotely when the vehicle passed by.

The militant violence has killed tens of thousands of Pakistanis over the years.

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal in Islamabad, the foreign minister observed that the United States's "militaristic approach" represented a failed policy in the war-torn country.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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