5 security personnel killed in suicide attack in NW Pakistan

Islamabad, July 4 (Xinhua-ANI): At least five security personnel were killed and eight others injured when a checkpost was attacked by a suicide blast in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan on Thursday afternoon, reported local Urdu TV channel Geo.

Firing started following the blast, said the report.

The attack reportedly took place at about 2:00 p.m. local time when an explosive-laden car rammed into a checkpost in the Datta Khel area, some 14 kilometers away from North Waziristan's capital town of Miransha.

Other details about the attack are not immediately available as the checkpost is located in a remote area near Afghan border.

Early Wednesday morning, U.S. drones fired four missiles at a house and a vehicle near Miranshah, killing at least 17 suspected militants including a Haqqani network commander, reports said.

Thursday's suicide attack in the nearby area of Miransha could be a retaliation for Wednesday's U.S. drone strike, it added. (Xinhua-ANI)

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