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4 security personnel dead in Pakistan bomb explosion

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:32 AM, 21 October 2021   Updated: 01:02 PM, 21 October 2021

Photo: Collected

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At least four people were killed as a roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying security forces agencies in  Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday, police said.

The attack took place in Bajur, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on the country's border with Afghanistan. The area served as a base for the Pakistani Taliban until a few years ago when the army said it cleared the region of insurgents. But the violence has continued there.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack.

Senior police officer Abdul Samad Khan said two police officers and two soldiers were killed in the attack. He said troops launched a search operation in the region to find those who orchestrated the attack.

Abdul Samad refused to speculate on who could be behind the attack.

But suspicion fell of Pakistan’s own Taliban who have been emboldened by the return to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan, where thousands of Pakistani militants are still believed to be hiding.

Pakistan and Afghanistan share a 2,400-kilometer (1,500-mile) internationally recognized border known as the Durand Line, which was drawn in the 19th century when the British dominated South Asia. Kabul has never recognized the boundary.

Before the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan often accused each other of turning a blind eye to militants operating along the porous frontier. - AP