Nine Pakistani soldiers were killed and five others injured in a suicide attack in the country’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, an army statement said.
The army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Thursday night that a motorcycle-borne suicide bomber exploded himself near a military convoy in the Jani Khel area of Bannu district of the province.
The area has been cordoned off by security forces and an operation is being carried out to eliminate any terrorists found in the area, the statement added.
The Pakistani army said that the security forces are determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism and such sacrifices of soldiers would further strengthen the resolve.
Earlier last week, six soldiers and four terrorists were killed in a clash in South Waziristan district of KP province, according to the military.