Security forces’ mortars kill eight in northwest Pakistan

March 13th, 2008 - 5:15 pm ICT by admin  

Peshawar, Mar 12 (ANI): At least eight people, including a child were killed when mortars fired by security forces hit a house in northwest Pakistan.

The mortar incident took place in the Bajaur tribal agency overnight after a roadside bomb hit a paramilitary vehicle, deputy local administration chief Jamil Khan said.

They fired mortars at militant positions in retaliation for the IED (improvised explosive device) blast but one of them hit a house in Nawagai area of Bajaur, Khan told a foreign news agency.

Eight people were killed including a child. One died in hospital today. Another six people were wounded, he said.

However, the state media said that the cause of deaths was a five-hour firefight that sparked when militants armed with rocket launchers and arms attacked a rescue team sent to assist the team hit by the roadside bomb. (ANI)

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