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Eight Pakistani soldiers injured in U.S-led coalition shelling

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 11, IRNA --
Pakistan-U.S Shelling /WRD/

At least eight Pakistani soldiers have been injured in artillery shelling from the U.S-led coalition in the border region, residents and local authorities said Friday. A Pakistani security check post was hit at the border town Angor Adda in South Waziristan in the pre-dawn shelling, they said.

The injured soldiers from Punjab Regiment were flown to a military hospital in Bannu, a main city in the region.

The local authorities in Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan, confirmed the shelling and said that the check post was totally destroyed.

There was no word from the Pakistani military about the incident.

Locals said that over 10 mortar shells fired from Afghanistan and landed in the Pakistani areas of Angor Adda, Baghar and Musi Neka.

The shells exploded with big bangs, creating panic among the people.

On June 11, the U.S aircraft bombed a Pakistani check post in the Pakistani Mohmand tribal region, killing 11 soldiers. Seven civilians were also killed in the attack.

Meanwhile tribesmen in North Waziristan said that they had seen U.S spy planes flying over the area Friday morning.

They said that flights by pilot-less planes are a daily routine now, which is a matter of serious concern for the people.

The U.S-led aircraft fired missiles in the tribal regions in the past, causing civilian casualties.

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