PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) â” A roadside bomb killed eight Pakistani paramilitary soldiers Thursday in a tribal region near the Afghan border, authorities said.
The bombing near the town of Miran Shah in North Waziristan also wounded several soldiers traveling in a convoy, the army said in a statement sent to journalists in a text message.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.
Suspicion is likely to fall on a mix of militants from Pakistani and al-Qaida-linked foreign outfits, which have safe havens there.
The Pakistani army has been fighting against militants in the country’s restive and lawless tribal region for over a decade, though it hasn’t launched an offensive in North Waziristan.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has made negotiations with the militants a centerpiece of his government to end the violence which has killed thousands. The Pakistani Taliban have been fighting against the state in a bid to overthrow the government and install its own harsh brand of Islamic Shariah.
After initial stumbles, both the sides have seen some progress in the negotiations since February. A Pakistani government team has held one round of talks with the Pakistani Taliban, though the Taliban have called off a 40-day cease-fire they declared on March 1, alleging that the government was not serious in the talks.