Pakistan concerned at NATO airstrike in Mohmand
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan is seriously concerned about an air incursion by NATO-led troops attacking a military post in the country's tribal region of Mohmand near the Afghanistan border, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.
The airstrike in southern Mohmand tribal district took place 2.5 kilometers from Pak-Afghan border inside Pakistan territory, the ministry said in a statement.
The post was destroyed in the assault. The US Embassy in Islamabad had been informed about the incident and a joint inquiry requested, it said, adding the incident had been taken up with the US and NATO officials through both military and diplomatic tracks.
Afghan officials said the attack in Mohmand was carried out in retaliation for missiles fired from Pakistan’s Mohmand Agency on residents’ houses in Shunkrai area of the Sarkani district in eastern Kunar province.
The Kunar governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi told Pajhwok Afghan News for the past four days, the Dangam, Shigal and Sarkani districts of Kunar province have suffered casualties and losses from similar cross-border missile attacks.
One such incident three days earlier had killed four other children in the Shigal district, which also borders Pakistan, he said.
After the attack, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopters attacked a Pakistani checkpoint, destroying it, he said.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned Afghan and US diplomats to discuss the incidents.
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