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- Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - From Print Edition


MIRANSHAH: Nine soldiers were killed and eight others injured in a suicide attack on a military vehicle and nearby roadside checkpoint in the Saidgai area of North Waziristan Agency on Tuesday.


Government officials said a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden double-cabin pickup truck into a military vehicle carrying soldiers to the Pak-Afghan border area of Ghulam Khan.


They said nine Pakistan Army soldiers died on the spot while eight others sustained serious injuries. The injured soldiers were later shifted to a military hospital in the Miranshah army camp.


There were also reports that some of the injured were in critical condition and had been shifted to the military hospitals in Bannu and Peshawar.Official sources said the military truck was passing through a roadside checkpoint manned by the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) when it came under attack from the suicide bomber.


Saidgai village is about 15 kilometres northwest of Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan, and is close to the Afghan border.It was the second suicide attack in two months in North Waziristan where the Taliban and the government signed a peace accord and promised not to attack each other.


The local administration announced a curfew in the entire tribal region after the suicide attack on the security convoy and closed all shops and markets in Miranshah and other areas of the restive tribal region.Two Pakistan Army gunship helicopters flew over the tribal region after the attack on security forces but did not carry out any strafing.