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Pakistan closes key Afghan border crossing after alleged NATO attack that killed 25 soldiers
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) ' A Pakistani customs official and a terminal operator say Pakistan has closed a key Afghan border crossing to NATO supplies after the U.S.-led coalition's helicopters allegedly attacked an army checkpoint, killing 25 soldiers.
The customs official told The Associated Press by phone Saturday that he received verbal orders to stop all NATO supplies from moving across the border through the Torkham crossing.
The operator of the border terminal where NATO supply trucks park before getting clearance to cross said the vehicles had been stopped since Saturday morning.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
The Pakistan military has blamed NATO helicopters for the attack on the checkpoint late Friday night. NATO is investigating.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
KHAR, Pakistan (AP) ' Pakistan state TV says the death toll from an alleged NATO helicopter attack on a Pakistani army checkpoint near the Afghan border has risen to 25 soldiers.
State TV reported the death toll Saturday.
The Pakistan military has blamed NATO helicopters for the attack on the checkpoint in the Mohmand tribal area late Friday night.
NATO officials in Kabul said Saturday they were aware of the incident, and would release more information after they were able to gather more facts about what happened.