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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

18 killed in a Pak village near Afghan border

[b]18 killed in a Pak village near Afghan border[/b]

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 14 January ( [/b]Missiles rained on Pakistan border village, considered home to an Islamist group and close to Afghanistan province of Kunar, resulting in 18 deaths on Friday. Three of the dead were Pakistan soldiers.

Kunar is a hot-bed of Taliban-Al Qaeda elements and Hizb-e-Islami faction of former Afghan Prime Minster Hekmatyar and they are known to criss-cross the border.

The village, Damadola, about 100-odd km east of Quetta, is a strong-hold of Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi. This pro-Taliban group stands for the implementation of Prophet Mohammad's Sharia Law.

Initial suspicion was that the American forces, stationed in Afghanistan, had carried out the strike as a part of their overall anti-Taliban drive. Local officials have endorsed these suspicions though Pak army's top brass declined comment, going by media reports.

Only last week, American forces had carried out cross-border firing in the nearby Waziristan area and killed eight persons, who the Americans suspect to be Taliban activists.

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