A 2nd Tomahawk Dud Is Reported
Demolition experts in Pakistan’s army on Saturday destroyed a second unexploded U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile that fell in southwestern Pakistan after being fired at Afghanistan last week, the official APP news agency reported.
It quoted official sources as saying the missile, one of several fired Aug. 20 on suspected Islamic terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan, was found in the remote Hoshab sub-district of the Mekran coastal area, off the Arabian Sea.
“The missile was spotted by local people who had reported the matter to the authorities,” the agency said.
In an earlier report, it had quoted official sources as saying that the first missile, which the government had said was found in an uninhabited area of the Kharan district of Baluchistan province, had also been destroyed.
Last Monday, Pakistan cited the first missile find as proof of alleged violation of its airspace by the U.S. missile strike on the Khost area of eastern Afghanistan. Islamabad has complained to the U.N. Security Council about the issue.
The cruise missiles were launched from U.S. warships in the Arabian Sea at what Washington called guerrilla camps linked to Osama bin Laden, a multimillionaire businessman and exiled Saudi militant leader now believed to be living in Afghanistan.