Pakistanis killed in cross-border attack - 06-17-2011, 06:11 AM
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250 militants; Village in lawless district targeted
AFP JUNE 17, 2011 4:04 AM
Several hundred militants crossed the border from Afghanistan on Thursday and stormed a village in Pakistan's lawless tribal district, killing five civilians, Pakistani officials said.
Afghan officials denied any cross-border attack and accused Pakistani troops of killing six people in a rocket strike on Wednesday.
It was the third attack reportedly carried out by hundreds of fighters into northwest Pakistan this month. The border is porous and tensions between Afghans and Pakistanis are high over Islamist militants in both countries.
Eight civilians were reported wounded after Pakistani officials said the militants targeted a village in Bajaur, where troops have carried out a series of offensives against Taliban and other Islamist insurgents since August 2008.
"Some 250-300 militants targeted civilians in Mamoond. At least five civilians, including two women, were killed," local government official Fazle Akbar told AFP.
"At least nine militants were also killed and eight civilians, including three women and three children, were injured in the attack," Muhammad Ilyas Khan, a government official in Mamoond and security officials said.
Khan said the insurgents left behind nine bodies after the attack, about 65 kilometres northwest of Khar, the main town in Bajaur.
"About 300 militants came from Afghanistan and attacked villagers," Khan said. "Tribesmen from the local lashkar (militia) have joined paramilitary forces and army artillery is pounding shells."
The militants eventually fled and the firing stopped around 1 p.m., local government and security officials said.
Bajaur borders the Afghan province of Kunar, where police chief Mohammad Ewaz Nazir told AFP that Pakistani troops had been shelling the Shigal district of the province for a month.
"Four children and two men were killed in one of their rocket attacks on the Chugam area of Shigal district yesterday.
"There hasn't been any attack from Afghan soil on Pakistani territory today or yesterday," he added.
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The Iranians called us Afghans..
The Indians called us Pathans..
But we call ourselves Pashtuns...
06-17-2011, 06:42 AM
the pakies have started another game disguising as taliban and shooting innocent people. and where is the brave army if taliban can cross border and target people? the pakies playing victim now, money has stopped flooding.
06-17-2011, 02:43 PM
I doubt it. As with Peshawar, it is pretty clear who is doing this.
Since defeat is there, they are trying to create as much chaos before they leave.
06-18-2011, 12:10 AM
the paki taliban already claimed responsibility for the first raid a couple weeks back.
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