US burns equipments before leaving Shamsi airbase

US was forced to vacate the base as it was given a 15-day deadline by the Pakistani government.

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2011, 00:45 AM IST

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 today.

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.

PTI