Pakistan Security Patrol suicide bombing kills six, gun violence news

Six people were killed after a bombing attacked a security vehicle in North Waziristan, while in another incident, gunmen shot dead two minority Sikhs in Peshawar.

Three soldiers and three children were killed when an attacker detonated an explosive near a security forces vehicle in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border, the military said in a statement.

In a separate attack, gunmen shot and killed two minority Sikhs in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, a police officer said.

A bomber detonated a vest filled with explosives near a security patrol vehicle in a village near the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan tribal district, the Pakistani military said in a statement on Sunday.

The explosion immediately killed two soldiers in the vehicle and injured another. Three children playing on the side of the road were also seriously injured. All the injured were taken to hospital by helicopter, but no one survived, the statement said.

There was no immediate claim to responsibility for the attack.

Also on Sunday, police officer Ejaz Khan told The Associated Press that gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on two members of the Sikh minority community at a bazaar in the Peshawar suburb of Sarband.

The victims, Ranjit Singh, 38, and Kanwal Jeet Singh, 42, were shot multiple times as they opened a spice shop at the Batta Tal bazaar, the official said.

The attackers fled the scene without immediately claiming responsibility. Police are investigating, but Khan said the two Sikhs appeared to be targeted because of their ethnicity.

Pakistani Sikhs carry the body of a Sikh who was killed by gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, May 15, 2022[ Mohammad Zubair/AP]

Sikhs, an ethnic minority in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, have been targeted by rebels in the past. The area has also become a safe haven for armed groups.

In 2014, the Pakistani military launched a massive operation after rebels attacked an army school in Peshawar, killing more than 150 people, most of them schoolchildren.

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