20 soldiers of Pakistan Army martyred in a suicide attack on Thursday
On Thursday, a suicide attacked happened at a very secure parade place resulting at least 20 soldiers martyred. It was also said that another 20 soldiers were injured in Mardan.
Injured were taken to a hospital in Mardan while critical injured were taken to Peshawar.
Police sources said that the bomber blew himself up at the Punjab Regiment Center, a unit of Pakistan army, around 8:15 a.m. local time when the soldiers were busy in a routine training.
Security sources said that the bomber, a teenager wearing school uniform, walked to the parade ground and blew himself up near the soldiers.
Sources said that the bomber may have taken advantage of the relaxed security for a school in the cantonment area and resembling as student of the school.
The banned Pakistani Taliban outfit, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, has claimed the responsibility for the suicide attack, sources said. The militants have already launched at least two attacks on military center in the past, sources said.
Army has sealed the road and only allowed Ambulances to pass through. The army also conducted rescue and relief operation.
Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has condemned the terrorist attack, reiterating that such cowardly attacks cannot affect moral of the security agencies and resolve of the nation to eradicate terrorism, a statement from the PM office said.