Military

US-led coalition `mistaken" fire pounds Pak territory

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 20, IRNA - Helicopters of US-led coalition forces, 
engaged in operation against Taliban and al-Qaeda along Pak-Afghan 
border, have pounded Pakistani territory "mistakenly", a government 
official said Saturday. 
The coalition helicopters entered upto four kilometers in Spin 
Kanrey and Alawar Mandey area of North Waziristan tribal agency, 
bordering Afghanistan, Mehmood Shah, security chief of the federally 
administered tribal areas said. 
He said no one was injured in the incident, happened late Friday 
night. However, reports from Miranshah, the headquarters of North 
Waziristan, said that three tribesmen have been seriously wounded when
US-led coalition gunship helicopters targeted a pick-up carrying local
shopkeepers with machine-gun fire in Lawara Mandi locality of North 
Waziristan. 
The coalition forces are engaged in operation against Taliban and 
al-Qaeda men in Afghanistan eastern Paktika province. 
The three wounded persons belong to Madakhel tribe. They have 
been shifted to Miranshah hospital. 
According to reports from the area, the coalition helicopters 
raided the area late Friday night from 11:30 pm to 12:00 midnight and 
dropped around 15 bombs. 
Some bombs hit a local Ilyas Public School. 
AHM/TSH/214 
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