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Pakistan: Taliban says Pakistan is behind attack on mine-resistant vehicles

By APA News Agency| December 17, 2017 09:00:00ABDHA, Pakistan (AP) Pakistan said Saturday it was behind the attack on a mine-resistance vehicle belonging to the army that killed four soldiers.

The attack on the armored vehicle in the northwestern province of Khost came two days after a Taliban suicide car bomb killed three army personnel.

The army’s top commander, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, told a news conference that the attack was carried out by militants from the militant Haqqani network, which has waged a bloody insurgency in the tribal regions of North Waziristan and Baluchistan since the 1990s.

He said the military is continuing to investigate the attack and is “working on a comprehensive solution.”

The Haqqanis claimed responsibility for the attack, but Pakistani officials said there was no evidence the attack originated with them.

Pakistan has accused the Haqqans of carrying out a series of attacks across the country over the past several years.

It has denied involvement in the latest attack and said the attack occurred on a convoy of Haqqaneers, which had crossed the border from Afghanistan and was heading toward a base in the mountainous region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

It said the attackers opened fire on the convoy, killing the driver, his two guards and four of the soldiers.

A Pakistani official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the convoy was carrying four military vehicles, including an armored vehicle.

The official, who was not authorised to talk to the press, said two of the four attackers were killed in the attack.

Pakistan says it is fighting the Haqanes and has been working with U.S. and Afghan officials to bring them to justice.

The Haqani network has attacked the Pakistani government in recent years.

The Taliban launched attacks against the Pakistani military last year and have targeted Afghan forces and police in recent months.

The Pakistani government says more than 200 people have been killed since the end of last year in fighting between Pakistani and Haqqanian forces in Afghanistan.

The attacks have left thousands dead and injured.

The United States has said the Haquans are among the most dangerous and dangerous militant groups in the world and that they pose a threat to peace and stability in the region.

Pakistan, which is home to more than a quarter of the world’s population of nearly 3.4 billion, is a major transit point for Afghanistan’s opium and heroin traffic.

It is also the source of many of the militants who are believed to have traveled to Pakistan from Afghanistan.