ISLAMABAD: At least 30 personnel embraced shahdat while 40 others were injured in a suicide attack at Punjab Regimental Center in Mardan on Thursday. According to news, a teen suicide bomber clad in school uniform entered the Punjab Regimental Centre and blew himself up. The security officials in the Regimental Centre were carrying out their routine parade at the time of suicide attack.The injured were immediately rushed to the CMH for medical treatment. Troops quickly cordoned off the area and even police had a difficult time getting through.
The attack in Mardan showed that despite years of army operations against their hideouts along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, Taliban and al Qaeda-linked fighters retain the ability to strike back. It was one of the worst attacks on security forces in recent months. The army has staged multiple offensives in Pakistan’s northwest aimed at taking out the Pakistani Taliban in recent years. Its efforts against the group, which is distinct from but linked to the Afghan Taliban, appear to have been largely successful — but violence persists.
Senior police official Abdullah Khan has confirmed that an examination of the body parts at the scene indicated the bomber was a teenage boy, which is a common finding in suicide bombings in Pakistan. The army, which tends to release information much slower, put the death toll in an earlier statement at 20 and confirmed the general circumstances.
No particular militant group immediately claimed responsibility Thursday, though the Pakistani Taliban have staged such attacks in the past. The U.S. has encouraged Pakistan to eliminate the Pakistani Taliban in the belief that the long-term stability of the nuclear-armed Muslim nation is critical to global security.