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Islamabad - A roadside bomb killed three Pakistani soldiers and wounded 10 others on Sunday in a restive northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, the military said.
The incident happened in the Boya area of North Waziristan, a stronghold of militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
“At least three soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom) in an Improvised Explosive Device explosion,” the military said in a statement.
A security official told AFP the bomb hit a convoy of up to 20 vehicles carrying regular soldiers and members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps to the town of Miranshah from the Datta Khel area.
He said 10 soldiers were injured.
Pakistan is battling a Taliban-led domestic insurgency that has killed thousands of civilians and security personnel since 2007.
Troops have been fighting for years against homegrown insurgents in the tribal belt, which Washington also considers the main hub of Taliban and al-Qaeda militants plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.
North Waziristan is frequently targeted by US drones. A drone strike on Saturday on a compound in the Heso Khel area killed at least four militants. - Sapa-AFP