Roadside bomb kills Pakistani soldier near Afghan border

August 23, 2018 GMT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says a roadside bomb has killed one soldier and wounded another three in the northwest along the Afghan border.

A military statement says the remotely detonated bomb targeted a team of explosives experts on Thursday near Dand Kalay in North Waziristan. The team was on routine search and clearance operation as part of ongoing military offensive.

North Waziristan has long been a sanctuary for the Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups. Pakistan has carried out a number of military operations there in recent years and claims to have eliminated militant safe havens, but attacks are still common.

Afghanistan and the United States have long called on Pakistan to do more to combat militants along the porous border.