The Pakistani army said on Saturday, 26 November, that it foiled a suicide bombing attack attempted on a military facility in northwestern Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan. All four attackers of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ur-Ahrar group, which claimed responsibility, were reportedly killed.

Asim Bajwa, the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations, Pakistan, confirmed the attack on the Ghalani military camp in Mohmand Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. He tweeted that the four suicide bombers were killed by the army, which suffered two casualties in the incident.

The attack took place at around 6.20am local time (1.20am BST). The assailants attempted to enter a busy mosque where soldiers were attending morning prayers, The Dawn reported.

"Wearing suicide jackets they opened fire and tried to rush inside the mosque. They were taken on and contained in the outer courtyard of the mosque," the military reportedly said in a statement. The statement added that two of the attackers were shot dead and two blew themselves.

Reuters quoted Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the militant group, as saying that they intended to set free fellow militants from the custody of the security forces through this attack.

The Dawn reported that a curfew was imposed in the area following the incident and military helicopters combed through the area.

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Pakistan army foiled an attempted suicide bombing attack by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ur-Ahrar group on a military camp near the Afghan border on Saturday morning, 26 November - File photo Khuram Parvez/Reuters