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Suicide Assault on Pakistan Military Base Kills 23 Troopers: Army

No less than 23 troopers have been killed when militants rammed an explosive-laden automobile right into a Pakistan navy base on Tuesday, the military mentioned, in an assault claimed by associates of the Pakistani Taliban.

A suicide squad of six fighters attacked an outpost in Dera Ismail Khan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province — close to the Afghan border — within the early hours of Tuesday, the navy’s media wing mentioned.

“The try to enter the submit was successfully thwarted which compelled the terrorists to ram an explosive-laden automobile into the submit, adopted by a suicide bombing assault,” a press release mentioned.

“The ensuing blasts led to the collapse of the constructing, inflicting a number of casualties,” it added, saying all six attackers have been slain as troopers fought again.

An area official who spoke on situation of anonymity mentioned lots of the troopers “have been killed whereas they have been sleeping” within the base, a authorities faculty commandeered by the military adjoining to a police station.

One other 36 folks had been wounded within the assault, he mentioned.

Tehreek-e-Jihad Pakistan — a brand new group affiliated with the Pakistan Taliban — mentioned the assault started round 2:30 am (2130 GMT) with a “martyrdom assault” by one fighter earlier than others stormed the compound.

The military media wing mentioned Dera Ismail Khan had “witnessed heightened actions” in a single day, and a complete of 27 militants have been killed in firefights with troops within the restive space.

Pakistan has witnessed a dramatic spike in militant assaults, primarily in its border areas with Afghanistan, because the Taliban returned to energy there in 2021.

Analysts say Islamist fighters have been emboldened by the neighboring insurgency’s success following the withdrawal of US forces in 2021.

The primary half of 2023 noticed a virtually 80 % spike in assaults in comparison with final 12 months, in response to the Pakistan Institute for Battle and Safety Research.

Islamabad alleges that hostile teams function from “sanctuaries” throughout the border, a cost the Taliban authorities routinely denies.

The largest risk to Pakistan is its home chapter of the Taliban, often known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which shares lineage and beliefs with Kabul’s rulers.

In January, the TTP was linked to a mosque bombing that killed greater than 80 cops inside a headquarters within the northwestern metropolis of Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Islamabad mentioned 4 troops have been killed in September throughout a cross-border raid by “tons of” of TTP fighters in Chitral, an space fashionable with home vacationers.