Army soldier martyred, three others injured in North Waziristan IED blast

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One soldier was martyred and three others sustained injuries when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded targeting an army bomb disposal squad’s vehicle in North Waziristan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) on Thursday, said the military’s media wing.

According to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the team was on a routine search and clear operation as part of the ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.

Havildar Ahmed Khan, 38, belonged to Mianwali district. He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.

Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, or Elimination of Discord, was launched in February 2017 after a sharp uptick in terrorist attacks in the country.

On Wednesday, at least five people were killed and seven injured during an exchange of fire in Mardan.

The firing also injured a passerby.

According to sources, Ghalib Khan and his relative Nausher opened fire on each other. As a result five people died on the spot.

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