Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said three Pakistani soldiers and many children were martyred in a suicide bombing near Miransha, in northern Waziristan, on Sunday.
In a brief statement, the military press identified the martyred soldiers as 33-year-old Lance Havaldar Zubair Qadir from Pakpattan, 21-year-old Sepoy Uzair Asfar from Haripur and 22-year-old Sepoy Qasim Maqsood from Multan.
Meanwhile, the children were identified as 11-year-old Ahmed Hassan, 8-year-old Ahsan and 4-year-old Anum.
“The intelligence service is investigating this. [the] The suicide bomber and his handler/assistant,” the statement concluded.
Separately, Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif condemned the suicide attack and offered condolences to the victims. In his statement, Prime Minister Shevaz paid special tribute to the martyred soldiers and also paid condolences to the families of the children.
“The murderers of innocent children are the enemies of Islam and humanity. We will not stand still until this cruelty is eradicated,” he vowed to punish those who promote the attackers.
He went on to say that military sacrifices were a golden chapter in Pakistan’s history, adding that Pakistan is proud of its martyrs.
“The blood of our soldiers and citizens owes us a debt we owe,” the prime minister tweeted.
Intelligence Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb also condemned the attack and expressed condolences. According to radio pakistan, the minister said the villains “wanted to destabilize law and order in the country.” She also said the sacrifices of security personnel would not be in vain.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also paid special tribute to the martyred soldiers. “The whole nation stands with the military in the fight against terrorism,” he said in his statement.
Last month, two Pakistani soldiers were martyred in a gunfight with terrorists in the Sararogha district of the South Waziristan region.
According to ISPR, armed terrorists attacked soldiers in the Sararoga area, which resulted in immediate military retaliation and fierce gunfights.
On 23 April, three soldiers were martyred in a gunfight with terrorists from across the Afghan border in the Dewagar district of the Waziristan district north of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.