Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pakistan Fire on NATO Helicopters for violating airspace

Pakistani fire fighter extinguish a blazing NATO supply oil tanker in
Pindi Gheb, about 110 kilometres from Islamabad late on May 1, 2011

Pakistani authorities, by shooting at NATO forces, 
are simply letting everyone know 
they have got everything under control !!
They had Bin Laden sitting up there for years!!

Two Pakistani soldiers were reported wounded in an exchange of fire with two NATO helicopters near the Afghan border.

Pakistani forces in the North Waziristan tribal region fired at the NATO helicopters, which returned fire, wounding the Pakistani soldiers.

But it was unclear whether the helicopters had crossed the Pakistani border.

A Pakistani military statement said the army lodged a "strong protest" with NATO, saying the alliance "violated Pakistan airspace" and demanded a meeting with officials of the alliance.

Earlier in the day, a military spokesman, Azmat Ali, told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that the helicopters did not cross the Pakistani border.

A Western military official in Afghanistan said coalition forces were aware of the incident but could not confirm whether the helicopters had crossed into Pakistani airspace.

The incident comes after relations between the United States and Pakistan were severely strained by the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces in a commando raid in Pakistan in early May.

A Pakistani policeman walks past the wreckage of charred NATO supply oil tankers after a bomb blast in the Torkham area of the troubled Khyber tribal region near the Afghan border on May 14, 2011

Pakistani security officials stand near an Afghanistan bound NATO oil tanker which was set on fire by alleged militants in Landi Kotal near Afghan border in Pakistan, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, official said.

Radio Free Europe

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