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Pak choppers in Kundez pull out trapped commanders

Pak choppers in Kundez pull out trapped commanders

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Publication: www.expressindia.com
Date: November 23, 2001
URL: http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=4827

New Delhi, November 22: Two Pakistan Air Force helicopters pulled out two of their top military commanders trapped in the beseiged Kunduz town, the last Taliban stronghold in northern Afghanistan, according to highly placed Defence sources in New Delhi.

The sources quoting eyewitness accounts from Northern Alliance commanders said the two helicopters flying low, landed in the heart of the Kunduz town on Sunday and flew out soon after, carrying two chopper loads of personnel.

The two officers, both of brigadier rank, were said to be part of 1000-strong regular Pakistani armymen trapped in Kunduz and were directing Taliban fighters in Kundus and in Mazar-i-Sharif, the sources said.

They said these forces were part of Pakistani Army units, seconded to Taliban ranks for command and control operations.

The rescue operations were mounted by Pakistan's elite special services group.

This is the second time in recent weeks that reports have surfaced of Pakistani helicopters or aircraft landing in Afghanistan on "mysterious missions".

Earlier, American television network CNN had reported a Pakistani Air Force plane landing in Taliban's southern Afghanistan stronghold of Kandahar.
 


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