Saturday, November 26, 2011

NATO Helicopters strike Pakistani Check post, Fourteen Pakistani troops killed

Mohamad Agency: Nato helicopters from Afghanistan intruded into northwest Pakistan and attacked a military check post near the border on Saturday, killing at least fourteen Pakistani border troops and wounding four, Pakistani intelligence officials said. 

A Pakistani military spokesman confirmed the pre-dawn attack in the tribal region of Mohmand and said casualties had been reported, but gave no details.

“Nato helicopters carried out an unprovoked and indiscriminate firing on a Pakistani check post in Mohmand agency, casualties have been reported and details are awaited,” the spokesman told Reuters. 

Two intelligence officials in the region said that fourteen Pakistani troops had been killed and four wounded in the attack on the Salala check post, about 2.5 kilometres from the Afghan border. 

The attack took place around 02:00 a.m. in the Baizai area of Mohmand, where Pakistani troops are engaged in fighting Taliban militants. 

A spokesman for the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul said the coalition there was aware of “an incident” and was gathering more information.

Previous news suggested that eight Pakistani troops were killed which are now updated up to fourteen.

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