NORTH WAZIRISTAN: A Major General and a Lieutenant Colonel were killed when a roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED) targeted their vehicle near Upper Dir, the administrative headquarters of North Waziristan.
According to a military source, the security forces’ vehicle was undertaking a routine patrol when it came under the IED attack. Subsequently, Major General Sanaullah and Lieutenant Colonel Tauseef were killed whereas another security official was injured.
The casualties were shifted to a local military hospital in the area.
Meanwhile, security forces’ personnel cordoned off the area and investigations went underway to apprehend those responsible for the attack.
North Waziristan is one of the seven regions in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) governed by tribal laws. An extremist insurgency led by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) plagues the region and the area is known to be infested with militants, including those from Al Qaeda and other armed extremist organisations.
The region also comes under attacks from US drones frequently, which target militant hideouts in the area. The region is chiefly off-limits to reporters because of security worries and government restrictions due to which reliable casualty figures are difficult to acquire from there.