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25 Pakistani troops killed in NATO airstrike

Saturday November 26, 2011 05:10:48 PM, IANS

Islamabad: At least 25 Pakistani soldiers were killed and 15 others were injured after NATO helicopters from Afghanistan attacked a border checkpost early Saturday, leading to Islamabad lodging a strong protest with Washington.

The deceased included two officers, a media report said.

According to a military spokesman, NATO helicopters carried out "indiscriminate and unprovoked firing" on the Pakistani checkpost in Mohmand agency, a district in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan (FATA), the Geo News reported.

A strong protest was lodged with the US State Department in Washington, a PTV report quoted Pakistan's foreign office spokesperson Tehmeena Janjua as saying and adding that the situation was being reviewed.

At least 20 casualties were earlier reported in the attack.

The attack was carried out on the Salala checkpost in Baizai district, said security officials in the Mohmand tribal region near the Afghan border and a military official in Peshawar.

While admitting that NATO was aware of "an incident" near the border, the NATO later said it was being investigated.

Following the airstrike, Pakistani security forces sealed Mohmand Agency's all entry and exit points.






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