Pakistani Taliban claim attack that killed 11 soldiers

The militant targeted the soldiers close to an army base in Swat Valley as they played sports.

The atmosphere remained gloomy in Kabal tehsil of Swat on Sunday a day after the suicide attack at the army sports area. The bomber detonated his explosives vest near an empty lot where soldiers were playing volleyball.

A spokesman for the outlawed Pakistani Taliban swiftly claimed responsibility, saying the attack inflicted heavy casualties, though militant casualty tolls are often inflated.

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Security has been tightened in the area and the police have launched an investigation.

Pakistani security forces had cleared Swat valley in a major operation in 2009.

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

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The region was controlled by a local faction of the Taliban between 2007 and 2009. "Wait for more (attacks) to follow".

They were defeated two years later after a series of military operations that have since been hailed as the blueprint for the Pakistani military's continuing battle against the group.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has strongly condemned the suicide attack, the prime minister's office said.

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"Coward enemy terrorists are no match for our valiant sons of the soil and no attack can deter us in pursuing our struggle against the menace of terrorism", Abbasi said in a statement.


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