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Mushtaq Yusufzai
Monday, November 28, 2011
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PESHAWAR: The funeral for 24 Pakistan Army soldiers killed in an attack by Nato forces on two border security posts in Mohmand Agency was held here Sunday.

 

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and other top military and civil officials attended the Namaz-e-Janaza. The bodies of slain soldiers were dispatched to their native areas for burial after the collective funeral prayers.

 

Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Asif Yasin Malik, Governor Barrister Masood Kausar and Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti along with senior civil and military officers offered the Namaz-e-Janaza of the fallen soldiers.

 

Earlier, the army chief visited CMH and enquired about the health of wounded soldiers.

 

Twenty-four soldiers, including a major and captain, were killed and 13 others were injured in the attack on the Salala security checkpost in the Mohmand tribal region along the Afghan border early Saturday.

 

Military officials said the security post in Mohmand Agency was set up about four months ago during the second phase of military operation called “Brekhna” (light) against the militants occupying hilltops along the Afghan border.

 

During the operation, they claimed Mohmand Agency has been cleared of the militants. However, the authorities started complaining that the militants had escaped to Afghanistan to take refuge in Kunar and Nuristan provinces.

 

“The post was built with stones and mud but it didn’t have proper roof. Some steel sheets were used as roof of this makeshift border post,” said a senior military officer.

 

He said the post was set up in the far-flung mountains where transporting construction material is a difficult job. Helicopters were sent to bring the bodies and the injured soldiers after the Nato attack.

 

Earlier this mountain post at Salala, sited about 40 kilometres west of Ghallanai, the headquarters of Mohmand Agency, was manned by the FC. Security officials said around 40 soldiers along with two officers, a major and captain and some junior commissioned officers, were deployed at the post. They said the post was located about 200 meters inside Pakistani territory.