Swat attack: Army Chief attends joint funeral prayer of 11 martyrs

Swat attack: Army Chief attends joint funeral prayer of 11 martyrs

The Army's media wing added that the attacker targetted the sports area of the armed forces' unit.

The Chief of Army Staff ( COAS ) General Qamar Javed Bajwa attended the funeral prayers of 11 army personnel, including an officer, martyred in a suicide attack on Saturday. It also raised the number of troops wounded in the attack to 13.

The explosion took place in the Shareefabad area of the tehsil. All the injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital Saidu Sharif.

They were defeated two years later after a series of military operations that have since been hailed as the blueprint for the Pakistani military's continuing battle against the group. However, more than 2,000 Taliban insurgents had been ousted in 2009 in a military operation.




Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has strongly condemned the suicide attack, the Prime Minister's office said. He also commiserated with the bereaved families. Abbasi pledged that the country's security forces will "fight until the last terrorist is eliminated". "No cowardly attack can deter us in pursuing our struggle against the menace of terrorism to its logical conclusion", he said.

Since then peace has returned to the area popular with domestic and foreign tourists, and militant attacks have become extremely rare in the valley known as Pakistan's Switzerland.

The valley was once a TTP stronghold from 2007 to 2009.

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