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4 soldiers killed, 10 injured in PoK suicide blast

world Updated: Jan 06, 2010 17:14 IST

A suicide bomber struck an army barracks in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on Wednesday, killing at least four soldiers and injuring 10 others near the Line of Control.

The bomber targeted barracks close to an army hospital at Tararkhal, over 90 kms from PoK capital Muzaffarabad, police said.

There were about 35 soldiers in the facility located near the LoC when the attacker struck at 6.50 am local time.

Police said the attacker detonated his explosives after guards stopped him at the entrance of the barracks. Fourteen soldiers were injured and four of them succumbed to their wounds in hospital.

Part of the barracks was destroyed by the blast.

Security forces cordoned off the area and stopped the movement of people around the site of the explosion.

In recent weeks, the violence has spread from Pakistan to PoK, which was largely unaffected by militant attacks over the years. Last month, 10 people were killed when a suicide bomber struck a Shia procession in Muzaffarabad.

Two soldiers were killed when a bomber carried out the first suicide attack in PoK in June last year.

Reports have said that several banned groups, including the Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashker-e-Taiba, have stepped up their activities in PoK over the past year.

Over 600 people have died in bombings and suicide attacks across Pakistan since October, when the army launched a major offensive against the Taliban in their stronghold of South Waziristan.