Pakistan Protests Afghan Border Skirmish

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- The foreign ministry says Pakistan has protested to NATO and Afghan authorities over a skirmish that killed at least nine people.

In a pre-dawn battle Wednesday, militants attacked an Afghan border post across from Pakistan's Bajur tribal area. During the melee, Pakistani and Afghan troops also traded fire.

A Pakistani soldier and at least eight suspected militants died.

On Thursday, 1st Lt. Richard Ulsh, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, said NATO forces provided small arms fire and air support to Afghan forces.

Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Sadiq says NATO and Afghan forces were told not to repeat such incidents.

He said the clash involved "intrusion of our border post."

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