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US warplanes, copters intrude in Pak airspace: report

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 29, IRNA -- US warplanes and Apache helicopters 
violated Pakistan`s air space on Pak-Afghan border hours after a flag 
meeting was hold among US, Pakistani and Afghan officials in the 
area, press reports said Saturday. 
The violation took place in Pakistani semi-autonomous North 
Waziristan Agency tribal area on Friday. 
The US military officers, during the meeting on Thursday, 
regretted previous border violation of Pakistan`s territorial 
jurisdiction and promised not to repeat the same in future. 
"The coalition helicopters and warplanes intruded at least three 
kilometers into Pakistan`s air space on Thursday night in Shawal," a 
government official deputed in the border area as part of the search 
operation, disclosed. 
The fresh violation occurred amid reports that pro-Taliban 
attackers targeted coalition forces` military base at Mangriti area 
of Birmal district in Afghanistan`s Paktika province on Thursday 
night. 
According to the locals, the cross-firing between the attackers 
and the coalition forces continued for hours resulting in death or 
injuries to at least five coalition troops and four fighters. The 
claim, however, has not been verified by the coalition sources. 
Local Afghan and Pakistani tribesmen residing in the border area 
said that four of the attackers, believed to have been killed by 
coalition forces, hailed from Paktika province, reports added. 
Firing between the two sides, the reports said, continued till 
late in the night prompting the coalition forces to call in 
helicopters and warplanes to pound the area on the Afghan side of the 
border. 
TK/TSH/1422 



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