Soldiers mistakenly kill themselves in Pakistan
Pakistani soldiers carry coffins of their colleagues during a funeral ceremony in Peshawar on Tuesday, March 29.
March 29th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

Soldiers mistakenly kill themselves in Pakistan

Fourteen Pakistani soldiers were killed when they fired a mortar to try and repel a group of militants but accidentally hit themselves, a government official said.

The incident occurred when the soldiers were traveling in a convoy of three vehicles Monday night near the village of Akakhel in Khyber Agency, said Roshan Khan, a government official in the agency.

Miltants fired on the convoy with machine guns and a soldier responded by firing a mortar. Somehow the mortar landed among the soldiers, killing them, Khan said.

Khyber Agency, 24 kilometers (14 miles) west of Peshawar, is the capital of northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and is considered a hub for militants.

Khyber Agency also is one of the main supply routes for the U.S.-led coalition forces operating in Afghanistan and militants frequently attack NATO supply trucks in the region.

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  1. Joseph

    DARWIN AWARD !

    April 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ed

    Google "sad trombone mp3" and play it while reading the headline.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SomeRandomGuy

    #Fail

    April 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlsoVet

      Well..... I guess their ammunition was provided by the Acme company! OMG I'm still in tears!

      April 20, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. 20yrveteran

    Sounds heard.
    tat tat tat...tat tat tat tat tat... Take Cover!!..give me a mortar... Fffffssssssss......BOOM...... HAHAHAHAHAaaa

    April 12, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • The Revealer

      There are many in pakistan who support militants, possibly one of the soldiers supported the militants killing his own men. Or maybe they never killed themselves, it must have been the ammunition of the pakistani forces that the militants were using.

      April 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Internet Tough Guys

    All these internet tough guys making fun of brave men fighting against evil men. You are all cowards. These men were infinitely better than you. Cowards.

    April 11, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mavent

      I think the point is that if ALL the violence-prone morons who make war and armies necessary were to accidentally kill themselves, the world would soon have no need of soldiers.

      April 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        Speaking English? Thank a teacher. Free to say what you think? Thank a soldier. That you don't like that is utterly and completely irrelevant. Because it is the truth – plain and simple.

        April 24, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Did anybody else find it disturbing that this is posted on CNN Entertainment?

      April 15, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        Yeah that is a bit messed up... although to be honest it is entertaining.

        April 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • brian

        Yes. I don't understand how this is in the entertainment section...

        April 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dj

    I always wondered how pakistan could loose so many soldiers in the war against militants, when they are not really fighting them. This is probably how.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • cjm71

      It must be in their dna in thar part of the world, to blow themselves up while trying to kill others.

      April 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yumyumtree

    Wow, very nice..

    Why are the bottoms of the tree trunks all painted white with a red ring above? Not knowing is distracting me form watching her rack bounce around...

    April 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. milsyman

    ich hessin dich

    April 6, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Conrad Shull

    Mortar School: Intro to Mortar Firing 101: Rule One: Never set firing angle to 90 degrees.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • rkt210

      Rule Two: Never bring a mortar to a machine-gun fight.

      April 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Handy

      Rule 3: Never set firing angle in darkness of night.

      April 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. buddy kowalski

    what did they do burn a koran?

    April 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JoeW

    This is an incoherent article.

    1. It could have been "friendly fire" in which the mortar team accidentally hits friendly forces. In which case they didn't "kill themselves" but comrades.

    2. Or it could have been a misfire in which the round doesn't leave the tube or b/c of a problem with the tube or the round it detonates prematurely.

    Those things do happen. But this article doesn't clarify any of that and makes it sound like someone pointed a gun at their head and pulled the trigger not knowing which part of the gun was the "business end." Poor writing.

    April 3, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • or

      they somehow managed to fire the mortar directly above them, and neither the wind nor the Coriolis effect sent the round away. That would be nearly impossible. I agree, poor writing.

      April 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Artillery Officer

      If you have never worked with mortars, or foreign militaries, you have no idea how incompetent these guys can be. I witnessed Iraqi soldiers get into a full on firefight with another Iraqi unit in broad day light both in iraqi army vehicles. I have seen them have a runaway machine gun (gun keeps firing after letting go of the trigger) and run from the gun so it fires indiscrimenantly until it runs out of ammo.

      I fully believe this happened and I am honestly suprised it hasn't been reported sooner, because I bet it's not the first time. You're probably safer giving an AK-47 to a 3 year-old.

      April 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • rkt210

        I absolutely agree with you about the utter incompetence of the foreign militaries in that part of the world. Albeit 20 years ago, while briefing for Air Combat Maneuvering (dogfighting) missions, our Air Wing Commander came to each ready room, looked each pilot squarely in the eyes and ordered them not to exceed 3g's (our max was 6.5gs). Essentially we were target drones, and it still took those guys *forever* to manuever into a firing position. All of this was so we didn't "embarass" our allies. When we saw how useless they were in the air, we were embarassed enough for all of them.

        April 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • glenn robert

      You are correct. Sorting out what happened in a fire fight is difficult. Been there done that.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Upperhand

    Darwin Award winners.

    March 31, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe schmoe

      Wonder how that conversation went. Hey you know the launcher is pointing straight up right? I am accounting for the wind. What if the wind stops? Don't be such a negative nancy.

      April 1, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        hahahahahah!!!!

        April 2, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. SAM

    "THOSE WHO TAKE UP THE SWORD,SHALL PERISH BY THE SWORD"

    March 31, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • ODA155

      ...and those that belittle or prosper because of that sacrifice will go to hell...

      April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. HAHAHA

    This is natural selection at it's best!!!

    March 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • HAHAHA2

      You are clearly a sissy who has never served in the military as you would never make fun of another soldier in any uniform) for such a tragic mishap. I don't care what nation a man fights for, his job is dangerous and mistakes happen.

      Go back to playing video games where you can live out your fantasy world.

      March 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • to:HAHAHA2

        I completely agree. A soldier is a soldier is a soldier. They are defending their country; the same as our military does. Regardless of how you feel about their government, you should show respect to those men and their families. It was a stupid error that killed them.

        March 31, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
      • glenn robert

        The Chinese shooting at me were defending their country. I still respect them. They were good soldiers! Korea 1953.

        April 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dindy

    Pakistan Government should help their families in this terrible loss.May they rest in heaven!!

    March 29, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Dindy your right the government should help the families of these fallen soldiers and they will rest in peace, but as far as in heaven they first must accept Jesus as their savior and forgive them of their sins otherwise God will only reward them for the good that they have done and punish them for the bad that they have done.

      March 30, 2011 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        Dan......God"s love is for gentiles too it is said in the Bible. As you also said according to the good they have done. In the new testimony ,no promise of heaven without Jesus. Yet in the old testimony Moses and Elijah went to heaven. I have been there too twice in spirit.

        March 30, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Shiva Brahma

        Lighten up.

        He was simply trying to have some sympathy and at least modest compassion for the soldiers.

        March 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Goldberg

        Oy, gentiles are so stupid. These guys died because Jesus is a fake and their God has no compassion for them.

        March 31, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        @Dan from Chicago, IL: I used to be Christian, then I found out there were people like you in the world. Your words are the very vehicle that freed me from the oppression of believing the Bible is true. You have zero fruit, and yet you claim to be the vehicle of truth. You preach a loving God, yet you speak of Him burning people you have never met and will never know in a place of eternal torture. If Jesus is real you never knew him.

        March 31, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        All have fallen from the grace of God and as Jesus said heaven has been taken over by forceful men. He also said there will be a new heaven and a new earth and a new Jerusalem and no one will go to the new heaven until the second coming of Christ when first all those in Christ asleep in the ground will rise up then those living in Christ will also rise up with Jesus and ascend to the new heaven.

        March 31, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Rob, how would you know I have zero fruit? As a matter of fact I have four grandchildren which two are on the honor roll, a wonderful daughter in-law and two great sons one of which is in college, very good fruit that I thank God very much for. God/Jesus has been with me and my family my entire life good and bad and without him I probably would not be here today. And anybody who would kill for power will end up in eternal hell. Since you do not believe in Jesus you might just be close enough to see Gadhafi, Hussien, bin Laden etc... burning for eternity!

        March 31, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • OSD From Chicago, IL

        DAN: everybody will know who is right and who is wrong after they die... you are still alive, learn and read and grace yourself before you die.... I seriously hope someone from your nation/religion could come back from the dead and tell what he is experiencing there

        April 25, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • veronica

      mami we are not going to get that help the only thing we get is the money they left behind so the goverment should help us but wer arent goanna get the help.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Frank_Robinson

    Where is our generous US aid going? Why are these Bozos not trained properly? A British
    soldier once told me that in Pakistani army it is the quality of hat that counts not what is under it.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • joeNYC

      They were not bozo's by any stretch. Rather 2 brave people who died on their mission. Accidently perhaps, but still bravely. I wonder how you'd do under pressure and in a similar situation.

      No matter one's nationality or affiliation, one should have a bit of respect for the sacrifice here.

      April 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  17. abdul khalid

    i would liketo see u try ginger dick

    March 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shiva Brahma

      Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is the 14th and current chief minister of the state of Selangor, in Malaysia. He is a former corporate figure of Malay descent and the current Treasurer-General of Parti Keadilan Rakyat . He was born in the village of Kampung Jalan Raja Abdullah in Kuala Selangor district, Selangor. He graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and later obtained an MBA from the University of Queensland.

      Try to live up to your pseudonym, you vulgar slob.

      March 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Lily

    Looks like cheerleader tryouts–the girl who didn't make the cut.

    March 29, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • abdul khalid

      ur jewish bottle muffin top cause its going doin ur piehole

      March 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Lily

    I'd imagine that guy is as good as dead now. Imagine how many families are out for his blood.

    March 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Riza Afghan

    Pakistani Soldier firing a mortar => EPIC FAIL !😛

    March 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      THe us involvement in foreign affiars will be our downfall the sooner we cut off all of these volitile third world countries from our support the better

      March 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Riza Afghan

    Pakistani Soldier firing a mortar => EPIC FAIL !!!!😛

    March 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ThrillatheKilla

    Who cares??? Pakistan is a TERRORIST STATE and deserves EVERYTHING that poophole gets.........end of line

    March 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • what?

      ...TRUE THAT!

      THEY ARE GETTING WHAT THEYVE GOT COMIN.... AND IT WILL KEEP COMIN TIL WE FEEL LIKE WE'VE GOTTEN OUR REVENGE FOR 9/11.... PAKISTAN WANTS TO STOP THE DESTRUCTION? TURN OVER BIN LADEN, PERIOD.

      March 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ganesha Boulevard

        Oh great honorary HINDU, why do you (bother) to post here? (Nobody) reads your psychotic ramblings. You make as much sense as Elmer Fudd.

        March 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • abdul khalid

        bin ladin my ass go back to obamas mamma without a lama

        March 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  23. BANGASH

    This area is controlled by the criminal gangsters of Mangal Bagh group associated with Pakistan Taliban where security forces usually confront them. there is possibility these miscreants might have fired mortar from near by hide out. Whatever might be the reason but this is a fact that it is another human tragedy in US war on terror therefore credit goes America. The Corps this area quite far from where your Coalition forces are however you look quite stupid for such baseless accusation. They have suffered due to alliance with USA or your this stupid coalition therefore mind your language.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Corps

      Bangash and Salerno, 2 MORONS in a POD. I just cannot believe that GOD would waste 18 square foot of skin on you 2 Anus', or is that 18 square foot of "FORESKIN"????? READ THE ARTICLE TARDS!!!!! Oh, one more point, as Captain Kirk of the Enterprize said one day, " I am laughing at the higher level of intelligence!!!" Beeeeeooooooccccchhhhhhhssss!

      March 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • BANGASH

        If you are an American then I see no doubt in your laughing at intelligence as you have never used your mind since WW II, contrary to what your fore fathers had told you. This is the reason that despite huge military complex you have failed in fighting with the few stateless individuals of Alqaida what to say of any state. The Corps you are true enemy of USA because you support US military adventures which in fact is US march to the hell.

        April 1, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
    • what?

      ...sure, they blew themselves up, but lets blame it on america.... Listen Bangass... you want someone to blame?

      THEY FLEW PLANES INTO OUR TOWERS! YOU WANNA BLAME SOMEONE, BLAME OSAMA BIN LADEN.. AND WE WILL KEEP COMIN AT YOU TIL HE, AND ALL HIS FOLLOWERS ARE DEAD! AND THAT INCLUDES YOU!

      You wanna stop the drone attacks and other carnage... turn him over to us, otherwise...prepared to be bombed again and again.

      March 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • abdul khalid

        do u really want me to shove u up back ur mammas wombs an illl make u suck obls bbd big black dick

        March 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shiva Brahma

      Incompetent soldiers shoot THEMSELVES and, yup, some fool just HAS to blame it on America. How limited, how predictable, How....I loose the capacity to say how low and moronic this is.

      March 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Austin

    They were under fire and wenched the mortar too close. i mean come on you dont fire that close unless its a non breezy day, you have clear vision, and the greatest digits for contact. Stupid.

    March 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ganesha hindu

      Huh? (I take it from the garbled mess of your post you disagree, but with what?)

      Oh honorary hindu. give us your enlightened view.

      March 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Hindu

      huh ...your post doesnt even make sense

      i get that you dislike hindus (to say the least) but what has it got to do with the article..... majority of Pakistan is Muslim anyway

      so calm down bro

      live and let live

      April 2, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
    • interesante

      Man, is it so hard to accept that people make mistakes? They did it to themselves for all we know. I was paranoid for a long time too, and it really messed with me. Calm down and relax.

      April 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  25. The Corps

    No way I don't believe this, IT STILL MUST BE AMERICAS FAULT, THEY KILLED THEM, Do I have this right SALERNO?????? They killed themselves using a MORTAR, you have got to be kidding me, they accidently hit themselves after the round left the tube, must be a bad angle and some serious windage error. I am laughing my anus off. Couldn't happen to a better group of tards, knowing Pakistan, they were probably trying to kill Coalition Troops and got burned!!!! HAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!

    March 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou50

      they may have been confused and shot it straight up thinking they were celebrating.

      April 4, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
      • kim

        haha been reading the whole page and i agree with MOST, but loved your comment.... LMAO !!!!!!!!!

        April 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Ganesha Boulevard

    A new low point. Aiding and abetting the enemy when not even trying.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |