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‘Bad intelligence caused death of innocent people’

Published Sep 04, 2008 12:00am

WASHINGTON, Sept 3: Suspected US commandos blamed for killing 20 people in Pakistan were acting on faulty intelligence that was never shared with Pakistani forces inside the country, a Pakistani official said on Wednesday.

Nadeem Kiani, spokesman for the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, told Reuters that all those killed in the pre-dawn raid in South Waziristan were unarmed civilians and not militants.

“This is Pakistan’s territory. Being an ally, any action taken on this side of the border should have been taken by Pakistani forces. There was a need to share that information with the Pakistani side,” he said.—Reuters