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Pakistani army officer dies trying to defuse roadside bomb

November 7, 2018

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani army says an officer died while trying to defuse a roadside bomb found during a sweep in the country’s northwestern tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.

Wednesday’s military statement says the explosion in the Mohmad Gat area of Mohmand tribal region killed Capt. Zargham Fareed and seriously wounded another soldier. It wasn’t immediately clear when the explosion took place.

Pakistan’s tribal regions along the Afghan border have in the past served as sanctuaries for Islamic militants. The army has carried out several operations there and says it largely routed the militants who escaped across the border.

The militants sporadically strike back or plant bombs and mines along the mountainous roads.

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