Officials said 15 troops were also injured in the attack. Condition of five of those injured was stated to be critical. Photograph: (Reuters)
Four heavily-armed suicide bombers attacked a prayer gathering at the mosque in Mohmand Agency
Two soldiers died in a suicide bomb attack on a mosque at an army facility in northwestern Pakistan, PTI reported today.
The attack, carried out by four heavily-armed bombers at Mohmand Rifles headquarters in Ghalanai in Mohmand Agency, triggered clashes between militants and soldiers.
All four militants were killed. The attackers fired at the residents and recruits who had gathered for early morning prayer.
Officials said 15 troops were also injured in the attack. Condition of five of those injured was stated to be critical.
"They were taken on and contained in the outer courtyard of mosque. Security forces surrounded the attackers and killed all of them," the army said in a statement, PTI reported.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's breakaway faction Jamaat-ul Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attack.
"Security forces valiantly defeated suicide attack on Ghalani Camp in Mohmand agency killing all four suicide bombers," army spokesman Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted, PTI said.
Curfew was imposed in Mohmand Agency following the suicide attack. A search operation for any other militants was launched soon after.
(WION with inputs from PTI)