Afghan National Identified as Bannu Suicide Bomber, Reports Pakistani Media

Monday, 11/27/2023

Pakistani news sources have revealed that the individual responsible for the recent suicide bombing in Bannu district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was an Afghan national. The attacker reportedly entered Pakistan using an Afghan identity card.

SAMAA TV, drawing information from the Inter-Services Public Relations Pakistan (ISPR), even published the identity card number of the suicide bomber.

This revelation has led to concerns, highlighted by the Pakistani TV station, that individuals with legal Afghan government documents could be involved in terrorist activities within Pakistan. This report contradicts previous denials by the Afghan Taliban, who have consistently refuted claims linking Afghans to instability in Pakistan.

The suicide attack, which occurred on Sunday, involved the detonation of a motorcycle near a vehicle of Pakistani security forces in Bannu district. The explosion resulted in the death of at least two civilians and injuries to seven civilians and three Pakistani soldiers.

Pakistani media sources have linked the attack to Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a commander of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

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