Turkey condemns terrorist attack in Pakistan

At least three soldiers dead as suicide bomber strikes Swat army camp

At least 11 soldiers were killed and 13 wounded on Saturday in a suicide attack near an army base in northern Pakistan, officials said, in a region that was once controlled by a local faction of the Taliban.

Three Pak Army soldiers were martyred while seven others were injured in the blast.

According to the statement released by the military's media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the dastardly incident occurred in Swat district's Kabal Tehsil in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The Taliban also warned more attacks in near future.

The militant detonated his explosives targeting the soldiers as they were playing sports and exercising at an empty plot in Swat Valley, in the Kabal area.

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Government sources had said rescue teams reached the area and shifted the injured to a hospital in Saidu Sharif.

The forces have cordoned off the area and started a search operation, it added. However, more than 2,000 Taliban insurgents had been ousted in 2009 in a military operation.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi strongly condemned the attack and expressed his grief over the losses of security personnel. Abbasi pledged that the country's security forces will "fight until the last terrorist is eliminated". On Friday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Pakistan was partly to blame for a wave of recent attacks in Kabul, and that Islamabad was harboring the Afghan Taliban.

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