IED attack on forces convey leaves one dead, two injured in SWA


PESHAWAR: A remote-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) targeting security forces convey left one soldier dead and two others wounded in South Waziristan’s Sarokai area on Sunday.
A convoy of the security forces on routine patrol in the area was hit by a remote-controlled bomb, a security official said, killing one soldier and injuring two.
Pakistan has been battling an insurgency since 2004, following the United States-led invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan in 2001 and the subsequent spillover of militants across the border.
The semi-autonomous tribal areas on the Afghan border have for years been a hideout for militants of all stripes, including Al Qaeda and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), as well as foreign fighters such as Uzbeks and Uighurs.
South Waziristan was the main sanctuary for the TTP before the military launched a large ground offensive in October 2009. But attacks against security forces continued in the area.