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NATO Air Strikes Kill 'At Last 30 Militants' In Pakistan

NATO officials today said alliance air strikes had killed at least 30 militants in Pakistan.

U.S. Captian Ryan Donald, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, justified the attack as an act of "self-defense" after insurgents reportedly attacked an Afghan security outpost on September 25 in Khost Province, which borders Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area.

ISAF helicopters were dispatched to chase the insurgents, who allegedly crossed the border into Pakistan.

Officials say the helicopters were attacked while returning form Pakistan, prompted another air strike near the Afghan border that NATO says killed several militants.

compiled from agency reports