At least nine soldiers have been killed and five wounded in a suicide attack on a security convoy in northwest Pakistan.
The military said security forces had cordoned off the area.
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No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday in the northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s Bannu district.
A “motorcycle borne suicide bomber exploded himself” about 61km (37 miles) from the border with Afghanistan, the army’s media wing said.
The rugged border region has long been a hive of militant activity.
“The suicide bomber was riding a motorcycle and he rammed his bike into a truck in a military convoy,” provincial minister Feroze Jamal Shah told AFP news agency.
Pakistan’s restive northwest, which borders Afghanistan, has seen a rise in attacks over the last year since talks between armed fighters and the government broke down.
Another suicide bombing at a political gathering in the northwest last month killed more than 60 people.
In January, a suicide bomber linked with Tehreek–e–Taliban Pakistan (TTP) blew himself up in a mosque inside a police compound in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing more than 80 officers.