In fresh unrest in Pakistan's troubled Swat valley, six persons, including five soldiers, were killed and four others injured when a suicide car-bomber struck an army check post on Saturday while eight militants died in a skirmish with security forces in the same region.
The spurt in violence came just a day after thousands of people joined celebrations in Swat to mark Pakistan's Independence Day and will raise questions about the government's claim that normalcy had been restored in the valley after a three-month-long operation against the Taliban.
The suicide attacker rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a check post near Khwazakhela, a former Taliban stronghold in Swat.
A statement issued by the military said three soldiers were killed while state-run APP news agency quoted a police official as saying that five soldiers and a civilian died in the attack.
Four security personnel were injured in the incident, which was the second suicide attack in Swat since the military launched an operation against the Taliban in May. The Taliban have carried out attacks in cities across Pakistan, including Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar, in retaliation to the military offensive.