KABUL – A suicide bomber struck a security checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday killing two soldiers and a 10-year-old boy, Pakistani media reported.
The incident took place in Miran Shah, a town situated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which shares a border with Afghanistan and was previously a stronghold of the militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, also known as the Pakistani Taliban.
Officials confirmed that the attack claimed the lives of at least two soldiers and the young boy named Mohammad Qasim, while also leaving 14 other civilians injured. Rashid Khan, a police official, stated that security forces were actively searching the area for the handlers of the suicide bomber.
The military has yet to provide an immediate comment on the incident. Although no specific group has claimed responsibility for the attack, suspicions are likely to point towards Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, an outlawed organization closely allied with the Afghan Taliban.
Following the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan after two decades of war, the Afghan Taliban assumed control of the country in August 2021. This development has emboldened Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, leading to an increase in their attacks in recent months.