US drops bomb(s) on Pakistan seminary after clash with Pak.troops

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Wed Jan 1 01:53:07 MST 2003


Australian Broadcasting Company
January 1, 2002

US bombs hit Pakistan town after border clash (excerpt)


The US military has bombed an abandoned religious
school on Pakistani territory after a gunbattle
between US and Pakistani troops on the border with
Afghanistan, Pakistan officials said on Tuesday.

The US military said one of its soldiers had been
wounded in Afghanistan on Sunday local time in an
exchange of gunfire with a Pakistani border guard.

A Pakistani official said two border guards were also
injured.

Pakistan is a close US ally in the war on terror and
says it has stationed 60,000-70,000 troops on the
Afghan border to help track down remnants of Osama bin
Laden's Al Qaeda network and leaders of the Taliban
regime that sheltered them.

The wounded American was part of a unit conducting a
mission with Pakistani forces along the Afghan border
when a disagreement appeared to break out, according
to a statement released by the US military at their
Afghan headquarters at Bagram air base.

"A Pakistani border scout opened fire with a G3 rifle
after the US patrol asked him to return to the
Pakistan side of the border," the statement said.

"That individual and several others retreated to a
nearby structure.

"Close air support was requested and one 500-lb bomb
was dropped on the target area."

Mohammad Khurshied, a local official in Pakistan's
South Waziristan tribal area close to the Afghan
border, later said a seminary in the Pakistani town of
Angor Adda had been hit by US warplanes.

A Pakistani intelligence official said two bombs were
dropped on Pakistani soil, but he reported no
injuries.

The US military said the incident happened near the
Afghan village of Shkin, which lies on the border with
Pakistan.

"We are working with the Pakistanis for an accurate
battlefield damage assessment from the incident," it
said.

Mr Khurshied said a series of talks between US and
Pakistani military officials on the border had
resolved differences surrounding Sunday's incident.

The US statement did not give details of the joint US
and Pakistani mission or say whether it was taking
place inside Pakistan or Afghanistan.


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