ISPR releases video of NATO strike aftermath

By AFP
Published: November 30, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The Inter Services Public Relations department (ISPR) released footage on Wednesday it said showed the remains of two bombed mountaintop outposts on the Afghan border that were hit in a deadly NATO raid that killed 24 soldiers.

The footage showed aerial views of the two destroyed outposts, Boulder and Volcano, and close-ups of the site of an attack that the army described as a “deliberate act of aggression” by NATO helicopters and a war plane.

White smoke could be seen spiraling from large swathes of blackened ground either side of the remote rocky mountaintop where both posts were situated.

Army spokesman Brigadier Syed Azmat Ali said the smoke was a result of the nearly two-hour incident in the early hours of Saturday. The footage was filmed on Sunday morning, he said.

It was not clear why it had taken until Wednesday to release.

Scattered sandbags, tarpaulin sheets and corrugated iron sheets can be seen lying around one of the abandoned posts, and Pakistani soldiers wander through the wreckage, one taking photographs.

A single white flag flies from a branch stuck in the soil. In another shot a stone hut can be seen, metres from the remains of a rock wall, next to which magazines of ammunition have been abandoned.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday pledged an investigation “as swiftly and thoroughly as possible” into the “tragic incident” but stopped short of apologising for the deaths.

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Reader Comments (1)

  • R S JOHAR
    Nov 30, 2011 - 7:06PM

    No apology by US means that the attack was delibrate to convey a veiled warning to Pakistan to toe its line or else—–.

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