Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Pakistani troops attacked

Pakistani troops hunting al-Qaeda have been attacked with rockets and gunfire:

Unidentified assailants launched a rocket attack on Pakistani troops engaged in a hunt for Al-Qaeda members in the tribal South Waziristan region bordering Afghanistan, local officials said on Wednesday.

The attack was mounted late on Tuesday on bunkers and checkpoints set up by the Pakistani army in the mountainous Darra Nishtar town some 10 km from the Afghan border, local administration official Rehmatullah Wazir said.

At least 15 rockets were fired but there were no casualties nor damage caused to property, he said.

Wazir told reporters in South Waziristan's main town of Wana that Pakistani troops had retaliated and the exchange of fire continued for about an hour.

There were no reports casualties on either side, he said.

The attack on Pakistani troops was the third since security forces launched an operation against suspected hideouts in the area and arrested some 20 people, including some foreigners, last month.


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