7 killed in remote-controlled explosion in Bajaur Agency

US plans steps against Pakistan

US plans steps against Pakistan

At least five people, including four paramilitary troops were killed in a roadside blast in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, an official said.

The deadly blast took place in Bajaur, a volatile federally administered tribal district on the Afghan border.

"A government official and five security personnel were among the killed", said a political administration official of the agency, adding that the target of the miscreants was the security forces.

Local security officials confirmed the attack and casualties. The outfit in a statement said "It wanted to eliminate the black infidel democratic system in Pakistan and impose Islamic justice system".

The TTP, mainly active in FATA, is regarded as Pakistan's biggest security threat.

Pakistan army claims to have killed over 5,000 suspected militants in ongoing military operations since 2014, whereas more than 700 troops have also lost their lives in clashes, and landmine blasts during this period. Pakistani troops have for over a decade been battling militants in the region to curb insurgencies by the Takfiri terrorist groups of Taliban and al-Qaeda.

It was against this backdrop that acting United States Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice Wells' scheduled trip to Pakistan was postponed last month at the request of the government of Pakistan.

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