Suicide bomber blew up in Swat
Peshawar: A suicide bomber blew himself up in Swat late Wednesday night after security forces tried to arrest him. Security forces killed two of his accomplices, but managed to arrest two others after an exchange of fire.
Officials obtained information about the entry of a group of extremists, including a suicide bomber, in the Pathanay area of Mingora. After receiving this information from the captured terrorists. security forces imposed a curfew in the area. Sources say suicide vests and ammunition were also seized from the arrested terrorists.
Just as the region seemed to have returned to ‘normal’, clashes between security forces and suspected militants erupted in the Swat valley. Security forces say the operation currently underway against militants is likely to end by midday.
In April, Peshawar Corps Commander Lieutenant-General Asif Yasin Malik had announced that the security situation in Swat had improved drastically. The ‘peace’ that appeared to have returned to the region followed a massive counter-insurgency operation carried out by the military in May 2009, known as Operation Rah-e-Rast. The operation was hailed as one of the most successful army operations the country had seen in its history.