“The bomber managed to slip past at least six checkpoints by wearing the uniform of a college located inside the cantonment.”
A teenage suicide bomber dressed in school uniform has blown himself up at an army compound in Pakistan, killing at least 31 people, officials say.
The Daily Mail (thanks to Sr. Soph) reports that the bomber may have been as young as 12. The BBC report continues:
He attacked as recruits exercised at a parade ground of the Punjab Regiment, inside an enclosed military area of the north-western city of Mardan.
A Taliban militant said his group had carried out the bombing.
Such attacks on the army have decreased recently as militants have largely targeted civilian areas.
The BBC’s M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says the Taliban have long been trying to launch an attack in the Mardan cantonment – the city’s enclosed military area
He says the bomber managed to slip past at least six checkpoints by wearing the uniform of a college located inside the cantonment.
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani condemned the attack.
“Such cowardly attacks cannot affect the morale of the security agencies and the resolve of the nation to eradicate terrorism,” he said in a statement.
Mardan police official Abdullah Khan told the BBC that the teenage bomber had worn the uniform of the Aziz Bhatti College….