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20 Pakistan soldiers killed as bomb hits military convoy

Published on Jan 19, 2014 3:30 PM
Barbed wire, placed by security officials, cordons off a road leading towards the site of a bomb blast in Bannu January 19, 2014. At least 20 Pakistani soldiers were killed on Sunday when an explosion hit an army convoy in the northwestern town Bannu, intelligence and military sources said. More than 30 others were wounded in the attack on the convoy as it prepared to leave the town at the gateway to North Waziristan, a lawless, tribal region on the Afghan border where many militant groups are holed up. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PESHAWAR (AFP) - A bomb claimed by the Pakistani Taleban killed 20 soldiers and wounded more than 30 when it ripped through a military convoy in the restive north-west on Sunday, officials said.

The attack happened in the city of Bannu, near the North Waziristan tribal region which is a known stronghold of militants linked to the Taleban and Al-Qaeda.

"A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device caused the blast," a senior military official told AFP, adding the exact circumstances were unclear.

"The explosion took place in one of the vehicles of the convoy, killing 20 soldiers and wounding more than 30," he said on condition of anonymity.

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