ISLAMABAD — A roadside bomb targeting a passing Pakistani army convoy exploded Sunday, killing nine soldiers in a tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, authorities said.
The roadside bomb exploded in a village near Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal area, the army said in a statement. It said the bombing killed nine soldiers, but did not say if anyone was wounded in the attack.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, which happened in a region home to a mix of local Pakistani, Afghan and al-Qaida-linked foreign militants.
Pakistan has been dragging its feet in launching a military offensive against the militants in the region, saying that it's forces were already too stretched fighting the militancy in other tribal areas along the border.