An improvised explosive device (IED) attack left at least three soldiers dead and one other wounded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday, November 12. According to a military statement, the soldiers were on patrol in North Waziristan when the explosion struck their vehicle. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. A search operation for the assailants is underway.
Similar attacks are possible in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the near term.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Al-Qai'da, Islamic State (IS) affiliates, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Afghan Taliban, and other Islamist militant groups continue to pose a threat throughout the country despite continued army offensives to push them from their northwestern strongholds near the Afghan border. Pakistan has suffered numerous deadly attacks in recent months, notably in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.
Individuals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and in Pakistan more generally, are advised to remain vigilant at all times and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities. Due to a high threat from terrorism, as well as kidnapping and sectarian violence, some Western governments advise their citizens to reconsider travel to the country as foreign nationals, and Westerners in particular, may be directly targeted.
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