Bomb kills three Pakistani soldiers: military

Bomb kills three Pakistani soldiers: military

ISLAMABAD - A roadside bomb killed three Pakistani soldiers Sunday in a restive northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, the military said.

The incident happened in the Boya area of North Waziristan a stronghold of militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

"At least three soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom) in an Improvised Explosive Device explosion," the military said in a statement.

Pakistan is battling a Taliban-led domestic insurgency that has killed thousands of civilians and security personnel since 2007.

Troops have been fighting for years against homegrown insurgents in the tribal belt, which Washington also considers the main hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.

North Waziristan is frequently targeted by US drones. A drone strike on Saturday on a compound in the Heso Khel area killed at least four militants.

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