Pakistan Closes Vital Supply Route To Afghanistan

News Brief – November 26, 2011

Pakistan accused NATO helicopters and fighter jets of firing on two army checkpoints in the country’s northwest on Saturady.

In response Pakistan closed a border crossings into Afghanistan, blocking off vital supply routes to alliance forces.

At least 25 Pakistani soldiers were killed in the attack on a border checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan.

Pakistani officials have confirmed the attack in the Baizai area of the Mohmand tribal area, where Pakistani troops are fighting Taliban militants.

“The latest attack by Nato forces on our post will have serious repercussions as they, without any reasons, attacked on our post and killed soldiers asleep,” a senior Pakistani officer said.

The predawn attack was likely to destabilise already tense relations between the U.S. and Pakistan; with Pakistani officials describing it as “unprovoked” and “indiscriminate”.

The US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it was aware of the incident and seeking further information about what happened.

Trucks and fuel tankers were reportedly being stopped in the Khyber tribal region near the city of Peshawar, following the incident.

It was the deadliest NATO strike in neighbouring Pakistan during the 10-year war in Afghanistan.

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