23 Jan 2007

PR# 2007-066

Pakistani soldier dies during engagement with insurgents on Paktika border

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – On the afternoon of 22 January, a Pakistani soldier died during an engagement with insurgents in Bermal district, Paktika, on the Pakistani border. ISAF deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained by Pakistani forces, although the cause of these casualties, and who is responsible, is as yet unclear.

The incident happened following an insurgent rocket attack near an ISAF operating base in Bermel district, Paktika province. Shortly afterwards a group of insurgents was identified moving east towards the Pakistan border.

ISAF called in close air support (CAS) which tracked the insurgents and engaged them. ISAF believes that all ordnance fired landed on the target and one insurgent was killed and another injured.

The Pakistani authorities report, in addition, that one Pakistani soldier was killed and two others were injured during events associated with this incident.

A joint investigation into the incident, involving ISAF and the Pakistan military, has now been convened. ISAF very much appreciates Pakistan’s continued cooperation and assistance on the border.

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