Pakistani soldiers killed in rocket attack

2013-06-20 11:05
Pakistani police officers carry their injured colleague at a local hospital in Peshawar. (File, AP)

Pakistani police officers carry their injured colleague at a local hospital in Peshawar. (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Islamabad - Suspected Islamic militants attacked a military convoy in north-western Pakistan late on Wednesday, killing six troops, security officials said.

Around two dozen heavily armed militants fired rockets at an army vehicle on patrol at the outskirts of Peshawar city, the regional headquarters of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

"The sudden attack left five troops martyred on the spot while one succumbed to injuries in a medical facility," a security official told dpa on condition of anonymity.

There has been a surge in violence in Pakistan since the new government took over this month.

As many as 66 people including female university students and security officials have died in attacks claimed by groups affiliated with al-Qaeda in the past week.

In the capital Islamabad, the new government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called an emergency meeting of security agencies.

A security official said five militants were also killed in an hour-long gun battle that broke out after Wednesday's rocket attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but al-Qaeda linked Taliban rebels were suspected.

On Tuesday, at least 28 people were killed including a regional lawmaker when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral in another district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Read more on:    nawaz sharif  |  pakistan

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.