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Monday, August 8, 2011

Bomb wounds 10 soldiers in Pakistan: officials

Miranshah, Pakistan (ots / AFP) - A bomb exploded Monday at least 10 Pakistani soldiers injured in the Taliban and al-Qaeda hotspot of Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

The device was triggered by remote control, when a military vehicle through the region Sararogha village in the mountains of South Waziristan, part of Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal areas transferred district.

"At least 10 soldiers were injured, three seriously," a security official told the AFP news agency.

A local intelligence official confirmed the explosion of a bomb and injured.

Pakistan has carried out an extensive campaign in 2009 in South Waziristan to promote the country `s main faction of the Taliban, but many of their commanders and foot soldiers are believed to have fled to North Waziristan.

Washington pressured Islamabad to start to form an all-out offensive in North Waziristan against al-Qaida network Haqqani, who is responsible for killing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the spies have close relationships.

But relations between Islamabad and Washington came after U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden was in Pakistan in May, and the army says it is too overwhelmed to fight against the Taliban also opened a new front in Waziristan.


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