Pakistani army official wounded in chopper attack

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  • The attack took place in northwest Pakistan
  • Maj. Gen. Javed Iqbal suffered a gunshot wound to the leg
The commanding officer in the Swat Valley of northwest Pakistan was wounded Wednesday in a helicopter attack, a Pakistani military spokesman said.
Pakistani Army Maj. Gen. Javed Iqbal suffered a gunshot wound to his leg in the attack, said Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas. The incident took place near the village of Nusrat Darra in Upper Dir, a volatile tribal region in northwest Pakistan.
"The helicopter is safe and Gen. Iqbal has been hospitalized for his injuries," Abbas said.
The Swat Valley came under attack by Taliban factions in 2009, resulting in a four-month offensive by the military to expel the militants.