Pakistan says bodies of foreign militants removed from scene
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Jan 17, IRNA
Authorities in Pakistan on Tuesday admitted that foreign militants were killed in the US air strike in the Bajaur tribal region on January 13 and that four to five bodies of foreigners were taken from the bombing site by their friends.
According to the available information at least four to five foreign elements had also been killed in the incident but their bodies were removed from the scene within no time by their companions so as to suppress the actual reason of the attack, Political Agent Bajaur Agency Fahim Wazir said on Tuesday.
The initial report compiled by a joint investigation team comprising various government agencies has revealed that the missile attack on a village in Damadola area of Bajaur Agency on the night between January 12 and 13 2006 was directed against some foreign terrorists who were present in the area at the time of occurrence, Wazir said in a statement issued from Bajaur Agency.
"It is highly regrettable that this attack led to the killing of 18 innocent local people," the statement said adding, "but this is also an undeniable fact that at least ten to twelve foreign miscreants were invited to a dinner in this village on that night, which was also attended by Maulana Faqir Mohammad and Maulana Liaquat."
Further investigations in the matter are in progress, Wazir said, the statement concluded.
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