A suicide attack in an army center in northwester Pakistan Thursday killed more than 30 Pakistani troops and wounded more than 40, officials say.
Geo News reported that a young suicide bomber in a school uniform walked into the heavily guarded parade ground inside the Punjab Regimental Center in Mardan and blew himself up.
The bombing occurred during the soldiers’ morning exercises at the training camp. All of the soldiers present were killed except for one, who was a drill instructor, AP reports.
CNN quoted officials saying that the attacker was 14 years old and was either wearing an explosive vest or caring a bag containing the bombs.
The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the incident. “We will continue targeting the Pakistan military until it stops supporting the U.S,” spokesman Azam Tariq said, according to CNN.
A suicide bomber attacked the same facility in 2006, killing 36 cadets.