ISLAMABAD, May 04: Hardly two days after the first death anniversary of Al-Qaeda kingpin Osma bin Laden, terrorists waging a self claimed war against Pakistani nation and armed forces on Friday struck in the remote tribal area of Bajaur Agency in Khyber Pakhtunkwha province bordering Afghanistan, killing at least 20 persons and injuring more than 50 others.
The incident was reminder of a string of fearful suicide attacks targeted by the militants associated with proscribed organization Tahreek i Taliban Pakistan.
A suicide bomber in his teens blew himself up near the check post of Levies Force personnel at main Khar bazaar, bringing human tragedy and destruction over the passers-by.
Eight persons including two Levies personnel died instantly while more than five dozen others were injured, taken to local hospital but 12 more succumbed to their injuries, taking the death toll to 20.
Tribal authorities feared further rise in the number of victims as the conditions of many did not seem stable.
The Pakistan military had launched successive operations in the restive tribal belt against the militants.
The banned organization Tehreek i Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack as its spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan was quoted by media as saying “We are very happy today that we have achieved our target.”
About 100 persons had been killed in 105 terrorist attacks across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the last three months of the current year while a total of 6,681 had died killed in 2,782 different terrorist attacks in last year.
Pakistan has so far lost more than 40,000 civilian, military and other law enforcement personnel in the war on terror which was also impacting the brittle economy of the country to great extent.