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Turkey condemns terrorist attack in Pakistan

07 February 2018

At least three army soldiers were martyred in terrorists' attack on army unit sports area in district Swat on Sunday.

"Three security officials embraced shahadat while 7 injured [in the blast]", said a statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), reports local media.

The bomb exploded on Saturday evening when the soldiers were playing volleyball after duty in the unit's sports area. The death toll may further increase as several injured were in a critical condition, health officials said.

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Later, the COAS visited CMH Peshawar to meet injured of the incident. The valley was brought under state control after Operation Rah-e-Rast was launched in May 2009 in Mingora which saw some of the most aggressive fighting between the Pakistan Army and militants in a bid to gain control of the valley.

The Taliban radical movement reportedly claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Islamic militants ruled the picturesque Swat Valley from 2007 until a massive military operation routed them in 2009. A large contingent of security personnel secured the area after the attack and started an initial investigation into the blast. "Wait for more [such attacks] to follow".

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At least two militants were killed during a search operation in December past year.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other political leaders condemned the attack.

Prime Minister Abbasi said the war against terrorism will continue till the elimination of the last terrorist from Pakistan.

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Turkey condemns terrorist attack in Pakistan