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Official confirmsUScommandos killed 20 in pakistan

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A US Army “gunner” looks over the landscape of Afghanistan between Kabul and Bagram in mid March..

A high-ranking government official says US commandos killed at least 20 people including women and children in a cross-border raid today in Pakistan’s tribal region.

Owais Ahmed Ghani, governor of the North-Western Frontier Province, said in a statement “Innocent citizens of Pakistan including women and children were martyred”.

According to Ghani, commandos based in Afghanistan supported by three helicopter gunships carried out the “outrageous” attack in the Angor Adda area of the South Waziristan tribal district.

He says “This is a direct assault on the sovereignty of Pakistan and the people of Pakistan expect that the armed forces would rise to defend the sovereignty of the country and give a befitting reply to all such attacks”.

Ghani added that “The government will try its best to protect its citizens from such cowardly attacks in the days to come”.