15 Pakistan security personnel killed in bomb attack

Islamabad, Jan 19: At least 15 security personnel were killed and 20 others were injured in a bomb attack on an army convoy in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Sunday.

The convoy of vehicles was carrying Pakistan Army soldiers from Bannu district to Miranshah area in the North Waziristan tribal region when it was targeted with bomb, the daily Dawn reported.

Shahidullah Shahid, spokesperson of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack and said their attacks on security forces would continue, the report said.

The report, citing sources, added that the blast was suspected to have been carried out by a suicide bomber.

The Bannu town has witnessed a number of attacks, including one on the Bannu central jail during which 384 prisoners escaped in April 2012, the report said.