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4 Dead, 10 Hurt As Pakistani Copters Pound Kunar

4 dead, 10 hurt as Pakistani copters pound Kunar

ASADABAD: Four civilians were killed and ten others were injured after Pakistani gunship helicopters pounded civilian homes in the Dangam district of eastern Kunar province on Saturday, an official said.

The attack involving two choppers began around 8am on Saturday and was still ongoing, Governor Shujaul Mulk Jalala told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said the dead and wounded included women and children, saying the air raids were conducted in mountainous areas, where locals officials had rushed to evacuate the injured to hospital.

Jalala said he had shared the latest attack from Pakistan with the Presidential Palace and the ministries of interior and defence.

He claimed as many as 976 missiles had been fired into Kunar from Pakistan over the past one week, killing five civilians and injuring 38 others.

He denounced the latest incident, urging the neighbouring country to stop the incursions.

The shelling into Kunar intensified after President Hamid Karzai raised the issue with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week.

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