Pakistani Taliban claim attack that killed 11 soldiers

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In a statement, the Pakistan Army's public relations wing said that the "suicide attack" took place in the "army unit sports area" in the Swat Valley.

Those martyred include seven personnel who were critically injured in the attack. It also raised the number of troops wounded in the attack to 13.

The militant targeted the soldiers close to an army base in Swat Valley as they played sports. All the injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital Saidu Sharif.

The incident has created concerns among the residents of the area as it reminded them the terror wave in the valley that had eventually resulted in their displacement in 2009.

At least two militants were killed during a search operation in December past year.

Security forces and police have cordoned off the area and a search operation was started to arrest the terrorists.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has strongly condemned the suicide attack, the prime minister's office said.

"No cowardly attack can deter us in pursuing our struggle against the menace of terrorism to its logical conclusion".

"Swat in northwest Pakistan referred to by some as the 'Switzerland of Pakistan", is known for its stunning natural beauty.

An officer was among those who died in the bombing, which was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban in an email to journalists.

The military launched Operation Rah-e-Haq in Swat and Shangla district in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively.

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