Missile attack slur on Kabul

Khar, May 17:

Pakistan yesterday said that coalition forces in Afghanistan earlier this week launched a missile strike into Pakistan’s tribal region, killing 14 people.

“We confirm that the two missiles were fired from a drone which belongs to coalition forces deployed in Afghanistan,” Pakistan’s chief military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said, referring to Wednesday’s strike.

“We have conveyed our protest and waiting for response by the coalition forces,” Abbas added. He said the attack killed 14 people but gave no further details on exactly who launched the strike. There is a US-led coalition in Afghanistan, and a separate NATO coalition.

Taliban spokesman Maulvi Omar on Thursday blamed the US for carrying out the missile strike. A senior security official in Islamabad said two houses belonging to Taliban militants were the target of the attack, which destroyed the buildings.