PESHAWAR, June 4 (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack in northwest Pakistan that killed two soldiers and two militants.
The military said in a statement that militants opened fire at a security checkpoint in the Janikare area of Bannu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday night, leading to a gun battle with Pakistani troops. A search operation is underway to track down the militants behind the attack.
Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khorasani said in a statement on the group’s website that the group carried out the “joint attack” in cooperation with another faction of the Pakistani Taliban, the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group. The militant group has kept its distance from the Taliban and carried out attacks independently.
The Pakistani Taliban is an independent group but is allied with the Afghan Taliban, which took over Afghanistan in August 2021 after U.S. and NATO forces withdrew from the country.
Acquisitions make TTP bolder. They unilaterally terminated a ceasefire with the Pakistani government in November and have stepped up attacks on the country since then. (Associated Press)
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