Panic as NATO Shells Pakistan, Six Civilians Injured
March 2, 2012
Pak Tribune & The Daily Times & Agence France-Press & AntiWar.com
At least six civilian tribesmen were reported "critically injured" today after NATO forces fired artillery shells at a village in North Waziristan. Four of the wounded were children. Pakistan also complained that US warplanes crossed the border on Wednesday and lingered for 15 minutes before retreating. The incident further complicates an already rocky relationship, strained by a US air attack on a pair of Pakistani military bases in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
US Jets Violate Pakistan Airspace
MIRANSHAH (March 1, 2012) -- US fighter jets on Wednesday violated Pakistan airspace near the tribal area of Loda Mandi, North Waziristan Agency.
According to eyewitnesses, the US planes entered Pakistan's airspace at 4:15pm and flew over the Pakistani territory for at least fifteen minutes.
The latest violation took place at critical juncture when US-Pak ties are under tremendous constrains after tragic incident of aerial blitz at the Salala border post in Mohamand Agency last year, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Bilateral relations reached the lowest ebb after Pakistan government suspended supply lines for NATO forces stationed inside Afghanistan.
Pakistan Reports US Warplanes
Crossed into Waziristan Airspace
Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com
DATTA KHEL, North Waziristan (March 1, 2012) -- At least six people, all of them civilian tribesmen, were reported "critically injured" today after NATO forces fired artillery shells against a village in Datta Khel, North Waziristan Agency. Four of the wounded were children.
The attack sparked a panic among locals, as well as complaints that the Pakistani national government is unable to keep NATO from attacking the tribal areas. NATO has yet to comment on the strike.
It was the second major incident in North Waziristan in less than 24 hours, as Pakistan is reporting that US warplanes crossed the border into the agency on Wednesday evening, lingering for around 15 minutes before returning to Afghanistan.
The reason behind these incidents is unclear. They further complicate an already rocky relationship with Pakistan, which has been near a breaking point since US warplanes attacked a pair of Pakistani military bases in November, killing 24 soldiers in Mohmand Agency.
NATO Shelling in NWA Leaves Six Injured
The Daily Times
MIRANSHAH: Six tribesmen were critically injured when six mortar shells fired by NATO forces in Afghanistan landed in Zairai village of Tehsil Dattakhel in North Waziristan Agency on Thursday. Official sources said that NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan fired six mortar shells into Dattakhel area of North Waziristan, the tribal area considered by US as stronghold of al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists, seriously injuring six tribesmen.
The injured were shifted to hospital. The incident sparked panic among the locals, who complained that US was trying to crush the tribesmen through such attacks. It is pertinent to mention here that on Wednesday, US jets violated Pakistan's airspace. The government of Pakistan has repeatedly asked NATO forces to abstain from violations of its border. inp
Cross-border Shelling Injures Six in NW
Agence France-Press & The Dawn
DATTAKHEL (March 1, 2012) -- Six mortar shells landed in the Dattakhel area of the North Waziristan tribal region, near the Afghanistan border, wounding six people, four of them children, security officials said.
According to official sources, the NATO forces had allegedly fired the mortars from the Afghanistan side in the area of Garlami of the tribal region. Two combat jets had on Wednesday violated the Pakistan's airspace and remained in the North Waziristan's region for 15 minutes.
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