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13 Pakistani soldiers dead after friendly fire accident

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Friendly fire killed 11 Pakistani troops and two officers caught up in a militant ambush close to the Afghan border, a top commander said Tuesday.

The incident was an unusually deadly one for Pakistani security forces battling al-Qaida and Taliban militants in the northwest of the country. The victims were from the paramilitary Frontier Corp, which is being trained by a small contingent of American special forces.

Gen. Asif Yasin Malik said a mortar fell short during the fight in the Khyber region.

The slain men included a colonel and a captain. Officials initially said 11 men were killed in the incident Monday.

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