MIRANSHAH: A security personnel was martyred, while five others were injured in a landmine blast in North Waziristan tribal district on Saturday.

Sources said a party of the security forces was on routine patrol in Speen Wam area of Mir Ali tehsil when a landmine exploded on them.

The martyred security personnel was identified as Younis, while the injured included Naib Subedar Subair, Naik Rehmat Badshah, Lance Naik Umar Nawaz, Sepoys Sahib and Muslim. The injured soldiers were taken to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Bannu.

The security forces cordoned off the entire are and launched search operation after the blast. However, there was no report about any arrest.

Militants in tribal districts often plant landmines to target security forces, but these landmines also trap civilians along with security forces. So many casualties have occurred in landmine blasts in tribal districts, particularly in Waziristan, recently.

Earlier in the day, three children including two brothers, were critically injured in a landmine blast in Safi area of Mohmand tribal district.

TNN correspondent reported that the children were playing near a mountain between the area of Mamadgat and Sagi Payan when a landmine exploded on them. The injured children were identified as 10-year-old Bilal Khan, 12-year-old Iftikhar and his younger brother 10-year-old Mukamal Shah. Sources said one of the injured children, Iftikhar, lost his leg in the tragic incident.

On August 20, four persons lost their lives and eight others sustained injuries in two separate landmine blasts in North and South Waziristan tribal districts.

On August 07, a 14-year-old boy was critically injured in a landmine blast in Dattakhel tehsil of North Waziristan.

One June 25, a child lost her life and three others were injured in a landmine blast in North Waziristan. The sources said children belonging to same family were playing outside their home when one of them stepped over a landmine.

On June 14, a security personnel lost his life in a landmine explosion in South Waziristan. Official sources said a soldier was coming back to his check post after repairing a water pipeline in Sra Rogha tehsil when he stepped on a landmine.

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