ISLAMABAD, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibly for the Sunday morning suicide attack at a security forces' convoy that killed 22 soldiers and injured 30 others in the country's northwestern district of Bannu, local media reported.
According to local Urdu channel Dunya TV, the spokesman of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Shahidullah Shahid claimed responsibility for the bomb attack besides reiterating that they would continue to attack security forces across the country.
The incident took place when a suicide bomber exploded his explosive-laden vehicle amid the convoy of security forces in the Cantonment area of Amandi town in Bannu district.
The blast took place in one of the civilian vehicles hired by the Frontier Constabulary (a paramilitary force) for their weekly movement from Bannu to northwestern restive tribal region of North Waziristan.
According to media reports, the suicide bomber exploded the bomb when the convoy comprising around 40 vehicles started towards their destination.
The bodies and the injured were shifted to the nearby Combined Military Hospital (CMH).
Security forces cordoned off the area and launched an investigation into how an explosive-laden vehicle succeeded in joining the convoy.
The huge blast that was heard miles away destroyed many other vehicles of the convoy.
Pakistani president Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack.