Four Pakistani soldiers were killed and three others injured in a suicide bomb attack on an army post in the country's restive Swat valley on Monday, as Taliban claimed they were holding 6 more security personnel as hostages.
The four soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into an army check-post in the Khwazakhela area of the Swat district, where Pakistani forces are currently conducting major anti-militant operations, an army spokesman said.
The spokesman Colonel Attiq-ur-Rehman also said that three other soldiers were wounded in the attack.
A Spokesperson for the Taliban, Muslim Khan, took responsibility for the attack in a telephone call to local journalists.
Khan said they were holding six security men kidnapped over two days and demanded the release of 25 prisoners in exchange for them.
Authorities, however, confirmed abduction of only one personnel.
The army had claimed to have killed 11 militants on Sunday including a commander in the Swat valley as they widened operations to nearby Mohmand tribal areas, near Bajaur.
The mountainous Swat valley, which until last year was a popular tourist destination featuring Pakistan's only ski resort, has turned into a battleground since Maulana Fazlullah, who has links to Pakistan's Taliban, launched a violent campaign for the introduction of Islamic Sharia law.