Iran Raps Attack on Pakistani Soldiers

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Foreign Ministry of Iran condemned a suicide bomb attack on a security convoy in northwest Pakistan that has killed at least nine soldiers and wounded 20 others.

In a statement on Friday, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani strongly condemned the attack on Pakistani military forces in Bannu, a district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan.

The spokesman offered his condolences to the Pakistani government, army and families of the victims, wishing a speedy recovery for those injured in the suicide attack.

At least nine soldiers have been killed in the suicide attack on Thursday. The military said security forces had cordoned off the area.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. A “motorcycle borne suicide bomber exploded himself” about 61km (37 miles) from the border with Afghanistan, the army’s media wing said.

The rugged border region has long been a hive of militant activity.

Pakistan’s restive northwest, which borders Afghanistan, has seen a rise in attacks over the last year since talks between armed fighters and the government broke down.

Another suicide bombing at a political gathering in the northwest last month killed more than 60 people.

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