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US burned equipment before leaving Pak air base

News18

Updated: December 12, 2011, 3:30 PM IST
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US burned equipment before leaving Pak air base
Shamsi air base was used by US for reportedly launching drone attacks on militant hideouts.

Islamabad: Making sure nothing sensitive is left behind, American forces set on fire all their redundant and useless equipment before abandoning the Shamsi air base in the country's southwest.

Shamsi air base, which is now under the control of the Pakistani army, was used by US for reportedly launching drone attacks on militant hideouts.

US was forced to vacate the base as it was given a 15-day deadline by the Pakistani government following last month's cross-border NATO attack that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers.

The US troops set all their redundant and useless equipment on fire before abandoning the place, according to media reports on Monday.

The burning of equipments was a 'routine practice'.

A Pakistani military official in Balochistan while talking about the burning of some equipment by the US had earlier claimed this was a routine practice as the gear was no longer required.

The last flight carrying US personnel and equipment had departed from Shamsi airbase in Balochistan province yesterday and the facility had been "completely vacated" by the Americans, the Inter-Services Public Relations had said.

First Published: December 12, 2011, 3:30 PM IST
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