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November 27, 2021
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20 soldiers killed in suicide attack in NW Pakistan

PESHAWAR – A suicide bomber Thursday attacked troops at a highly secured parade ground in a northwestern Pakistani city and killed at least 20 soldiers, the army said, Xinhua reports.


An army statement said that another 20 soldiers were also injured in the attack in Mardan, a main city some 60 kilometers northeast of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The injured were transferred to a military hospital in Mardan and several critical injured were shifted to Peshawar.


Police sources said that the bomber blew himself up at the Punjab Regiment Center, a unit of Pakistan army, around 8:15 a.m. local time when the soldiers were busy in a routine training.


The banned Pakistani Taliban outfit, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, has claimed the responsibility for the suicide attack, sources said. Taliban militants have launched at least two attacks on the military center in the past. Security sources said that the bomber, a teenager wearing school uniform, walked to the parade ground and blew himself up near the soldiers. Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has condemned the terrorist attack, reiterating that such cowardly attacks cannot affect moral of the security agencies and resolve of the nation to eradicate terrorism, a statement from the PM office said.


PAKISTAN-INDIA PEACE TALKS RESUME


The governments of India and Pakistan said they have agreed to resume wide-ranging peace talks that were frozen after the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The decision comes after a year of discussions by top officials from the nuclear-armed rivals about how to rebuild trust between the neighbouring countries.

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