Taliban bomber kills 11 soldiers in Pakistan's Swat Valley


The powerful explosion, which rocked the surrounding area, occurred in the Kabal region of Swat, a picturesque valley in the northern part of the country.

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

Media cell of Pakistan military, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported that the Army Chief, Khyber Pakhuntkhwa (KP) Governor and Peshawar Corps Commander among other military and civil personalities.

The suicide bomber struck Saturday evening while the soldiers were playing volleyball after duty. The Taliban also warned more attacks in near future. Pakistan launched an operation in the tribal areas in June 2014, in which 3,500 alleged militants have been killed, according to the Army's data, which has not been independently verified. A large contingent of security personnel secured the area after the attack and started an initial investigation into the blast. However, more than 2,000 Taliban insurgents had been ousted in 2009 in a military operation.

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemned the attack. "No cowardly attack can deter us in pursuing our struggle against the menace of terrorism to its logical conclusion", he said.

"Swat in northwest Pakistan referred to by some as the 'Switzerland of Pakistan", is known for its stunning natural beauty.

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