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Two officers among three killed in Pakistan blast

File picture shows troops deploying for the upcoming election in Nowshera, a district in the northwestern Pakistan province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, May 9, 2013. A roadside bomb attack on Sunday killed Pakistan's two senior military officers and a soldier in the country's troubled northwest, the military said.

File picture shows troops deploying for the upcoming election in Nowshera, a district in the northwestern Pakistan province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, May 9, 2013. A roadside bomb attack on Sunday killed Pakistan's two senior military officers and a soldier in the country's troubled northwest, the military said.  (AFP/File)

A roadside bomb attack on Sunday killed Pakistan's two senior military officers and a soldier in the country's troubled northwest, the military said.

Major General Sanaullah and Lieutenant Colonel Touseef were visiting troop posts in the Upper Dir district of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, along the Afghan border, when their vehicle hit a planted bomb killing them along with a soldier.

"Maj Gen Sanaullah and Lt Col Touseef embraced Shahadat (martyrdom) this morning. They were returning after visiting troops posts on Pak Afghan Border," the military said in a statement, adding that the incident resulted from an IED planted on the road near the border.

"Sepoy Imran also embraced Shahadat (martyrdom), two soldiers injured in the blast have been evacuated," it added.

Pakistan says more than 40,000 people have been killed as a result of bomb and suicide attacks carried out by Taliban and Al-Qaeda-led militants who oppose Islamabad's US alliance

Though no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, it took place at a time when the Pakistani government are trying to begin peace talks with the Taliban, aimed at ending more than a decade of bloodshed.

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