At least four Pakistan Army personnel were martyred and four others injured during a blast caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kharkamar, North Waziristan, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release issued late Friday.

“Terrorists targeted military vehicle through an IED planted on road. 3 officers and a soldiers embraced Shahadat. 4 soldiers Injured,” the military’s media wing said.

According to the ISPR, the martyred personnel include “Lt Col Raashid Karim Baig resident of karimabad, Hunza, Major Moeez Maqsood Baig resident of Karachi, Captain Arif Ullah resident of Lakki Marwat and Lance Havaldar Zaheer resident of Chakwal”.

The Army’s media wing further said: “This is the same area where forces had conducted search operations and arrested few facilitators.

“During last one month 10 security forces personnel have been martyred while 35 got injured including today’s casualties,” it added.