Pakistan protests to US over six mortar shells

Six mortar shells fired from across the Afghan-Pakistani border fell near a Pakistani post on Thursday in the South Waziristan tribal region.

Pakistan protests to US over six mortar shells
Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with the United States over mortar fire from Afghanistan, which wounded six Pakistani soldiers, a military spokesman said on Saturday.

Six mortar shells fired from across the Afghan-Pakistani border fell near a Pakistani post on Thursday in the South Waziristan tribal region.

"Our troops retaliated with fire immediately," the spokesman said, adding that six Pakistani security forces personnel were injured and a number of casualities reported in Afghanistan.

He added that a "strong protest" had been lodged with the headquarters of the coalition forces in Kabul on Friday.

An intelligence official said on Friday that the firing from Afghanistan began after Taliban had attacked a foreign troop base on the Afghan side of the border. He has said two civilians were also wounded in the fire.

Mehsud suspended talks last month after security forces launched a sweep in a tribal region against Taliban's fighters threatening the main northwestern city of Peshawar.

Pakistani tribesmen have reported stepped-up patrols by pilotless U.S. drones over the border areas.


Reuters
Last Mod: 12 Temmuz 2008, 13:10
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