Fighters attack army base in Pakistan's northwest

Curfew imposed in Mohmand Agency following assault on army facility claimed by a faction of the Pakistani Taliban.

    Pakistan's army says a mosque has been targeted at an army facility in northwest Pakistan, resulting in  a shootout in which four of the attackers and two soldiers have died.

    The army said in a statement that 14 soldiers were wounded in Saturday's suicide attack, claimed by a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, on Ghalani Camp in the Mohmand tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

     

    It said the attackers wanted to enter the camp and started shooting after they reached the mosque, where residents and a large number of recruits were present.

    A curfew has been imposed in Mohmand Agency following the attack, according to the statement.

    The Pakistan army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb under US pressure in 2014 in an effort to wipe out fighters and their bases in the North Waziristan tribal area.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News and News Agencies


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