Pakistani Taliban movement, a part of the al-Qaeda terror network, killed at least 30 soldiers and army recruits in a daring suicide bombing in north western Pakistan.

The attack took place in the heavily guarded Punjab Regiment Center in Mardan, where army recruitment was going on. The teenage bomber entered the area in the guise of a schoolboy and detonated himself while the recruits carrying out the drill.

According to an Al Jazeera reporter in Islamabad, the suicide bomber was dressed in school uniforms. It is winter so most of the children are clad in heavy clothes, where he would have hid the bomb, and nobody would have suspected a boy dressed in school uniform to carry out the attack, the reporter said.

A similar attack at the Mardan military training center had killed 35 people in 2006.