FIVE FBI AGENTS DEAD IN PAKISTAN
Frontier Post - MUHARAM 23, 1423 ---THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2003
DERA ISMAEL KHAN (NNI): Five Americans are feared dead when some remnants of al-Qaeda and Taliban prompted a sudden attack on an office of the US Federal Bureau of Intelligence at Barmil, Pak-Afghan border. “The attackers used Rocket Launcher and automatic guns in the sudden attack prompted last night,” a highly placed source from across the border revealed to NNI correspondent here Wednesday. The informer further said
that the office of FBI was established close to Check-post at Pakistan-Afghanistan border and the attack was so sudden that the border security guards comprising US-led coalition troops and Afghan officials did not retaliated. The border security guards inside Afghanistan noticed the attack from a mountain range some hundred meters away from the check-post. The political administration has put on high alert the paramilitary personnel and other administrative units in South Waziristan, a Pakistani tribal area adjacent to the Afghan borders where the incident took place. According to the information reached here from the border, the FBI agents were there as part of their mission to assist the US-led coalition troops searching remnants of Al-Qaeda and Taliban in the area. These FBI agents were also cooperating with Pakistani law enforcing agencies in the bordering areas to Afghanistan as part of the latest campaign being launched after the arrest of number three in the hierarchy of al-Qaeda, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad who was apprehended on March 1 in Rawalpindi and presently is in the custody of the American at an unknown place. Meanwhile, Taliban fighters attacked a
government checkpoint in northwestern Afghanistan, starting fighting that left at least 13 combatants dead, a military commander said Wednesday.
About 400 gunmen attacked the checkpoint Tuesday in Tora Shaikh in the northwestern province of Badghis near the border with Turkmenistan, said
Mohammad Karim Khadem, a brigade commander in the area. Seven attackers and six government soldiers were killed in fighting on Tuesday and
Wednesday, Khadem said.