DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Police officials state that a suicide bomber in a vehicle loaded with explosives attacked a Frontier Corps camp located in Northwestern Pakistan, killing at least nine soldiers. District police officer Gul Saeed Afridi said the attack, which was carried out on Saturday in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province also injured an additional 17 soldiers.
Sources said nearly 300 paramilitary troopers were living in the camp, which had several residential barracks. The 17 soldiers injured in the attack were taken to a military hospital in Bannu, where officials said several of the troopers were in critical condition.
The attack took place around 5.20 a.m. Saturday when a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into the back of the Camp of Frontier Corps in the country’s northwest Bannu district. Bannu is 55 kilometers (25 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan bordering Afghanistan.
A spokesman for the TTP, Ehsanullah Ehsan, claimed responsibility for the attack. He said they targeted the troops to avenge the killing of the Taliban commander, Taj Gul in a recent U.S. drone attack in South Waziristan.