US-led troops kill 20 people in Pakistan in operation from Afghanistan
Daniel Neun | September 3, 2008 at 12:54 amby
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It seams that the Caucasian desaster was not enough for some mad guys out there.
By the way: the German "defense" minister is in Afghanistan, right now.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) — A Pakistan provincial governor Wednesday confirmed coalition troops from across the Afghan border had raided a Pakistani village, calling the incident "a direct assault" on sovereignty.
The raid killed at least 20 people, North West Frontier Province governor Owais Ahmed Ghani said in a statement.
"Innocent citizens of Pakistan including women and children were martyred," he said.
"This is a direct assault on the sovereignty of Pakistan and the people of Pakistan expect that the armed forces of Pakistan would rise to defend the sovereignty of the country and give a befitting reply to all such attacks."
Earlier a security official told AFP that 15 people had died in the pre-dawn attack in the village of Jalal Khel in South Waziristan, a tribal area bordering Afghanistan that is a known hub of Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.
A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan said he was not aware of such an operation.
He added that ISAF does not have a mandate to attack outside the borders of Afghanistan unless its troops come under fire from within Pakistan, in which case the force can respond with artillery.
The US-led coalition in Afghanistan also said earlier that it was unaware of any such incident.