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NATO supply truck to Afghanistan blocked

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A NATO supply truck was blocked from entering Afghanistan after Pakistani officials said a NATO airstrike killed three soldiers, the military said Thursday.

A senior military official said the action was to protest Thursday's airstrike and other recent military actions in Pakistan, The Washington Post reported. Pakistani leaders said they believe the strikes were carried out to force the Pakistani army to conduct operations against al-Qaida and Afghan insurgents based in the mountainous tribal area of North Waziristan, the official said.

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"There is no justification for these attacks and they must come to an end with immediate effect," the military official said.

A security official said the NATO airstrike early Thursday hit a border post in Khurram Agency in Pakistan-Afghanistan border region, killing three soldiers and wounding three others.

Pakistani leaders Monday protested what they said were NATO helicopters using Pakistani airspace to attack insurgents inside the country, saying it violated the U.N. mandate requiring coalition forces in Afghanistan end their operations at the border, the Post reported. NATO said helicopter strikes killed more than 30 militants inside Pakistan after Afghan forces were attacked from the Pakistani side of the border.

A Pakistani security official said Thursday NATO "should not have violated and breached Pakistani sovereignty."

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