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At least two killed in Afghanistan-Pakistan cross-border gunfight

16 April 2018

(Dunya News) - At least two soldiers were martyred and five other sustained injuries as Frontier Corps (FC) KhyberPakhtunkhwa (KPK) troops were fired upon from Afghanistan side on Pak-Afghan border near Kurram agency, reported Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor.

Local administration told media that the attack was carried out from the Khost province of Afghanistan at the personnel deployed at a post in Laka Tika area of Kurram Agency.

The ISPR added that the security personnel were plugging the gaps at the border and making necessary preparations to start fencing in that area to stop unwanted infiltration from the Afghanistan side. Mosques in Pakistan's Kurram Agency region, where the attack took place, made announcements urging locals to assist the armed forces, prompting throngs of armed civilians to arrive at the border after the attack.

At least two Afghan border security personnel were killed and several others were wounded in the Pakistan initiated attacks. After the incident, a large number of armed tribesmen from Bangash and other tribes assembled to support the security forces and pushed back the attackers.

Earlier in April, Afghanistan accused Pakistan of conducting the air strikes and firing hundreds of shells in Afghan's eastern border province of Kunar.

Afghanistan has refused to recognise the Durand Line - a 2,400-kilometre frontier drawn by the British in 1896 - as it splits the Pashtun ethnic group between the nations.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office protested with Kabul the killing of its two soldiers by the Afghan forces while working on border fencing. "Mil [military] engagement is underway to defuse situation", the ISPR said in a statement. Afghan police said that force was used after the Pakistani troops illegally crossed the border.

Islamabad rejects the accusation, countering that Islamist militants targeting Pakistani forces and civilians reside on the Afghan side of the border.

At least two killed in Afghanistan-Pakistan cross-border gunfight