NATO cross-border air strike ‘kills 3 Pakistani soldiers’

September 30th, 2010 - 1:02 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Sep 30 (ANI): Three Pakistani soldiers have reportedly been killed in an air strike by NATO helicopters during a cross-border attack, Pakistani officials have said.

According to a Pakistani security official, the soldiers were killed in an “unprovoked attack” on a Pakistani checkpoint, the BBC reported.

The NATO helicopters crossed up to 5km (three miles) into Pakistan, he added.

This strike was the third NATO raid across the Afghanistan border into Pakistan over the past week.

Earlier this week, following aerial engagement in Pakistani territory by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik had called it a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, and assured the Senate that the Afghan ambassador would be summoned to explain his position over the cross-border air raids by the ISAF.

According to military sources, ISAF, which had earlier defended their air raids as an action ‘under the right of self-defence’, later informed the Pakistani commanders that they were trying to establish whether their helicopters during the operation had entered Pakistani territory. (ANI)

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