Afghan, Pakistani forces clash near border, 2 killed

Two FC men martyred while surveying Pak Afghan border

2 Pakistani security personnel killed in attack from across Afghan border

It bears mentioning that at least two security official were martyred and five others were left injured in an attack from Afghanistan near the border in Lower Kurram, according to Inter-Services Public Relations.

ISPR, the Army's media wing, said FC troops were fired upon from Afghanistan while they were busy in "routine surveillance along Pak-Afghan border for plugging of gaps and making necessary preparations for starting fencing in that area".

The spokesman had said further that two Pakistani soldiers lost their lives in cross-border attacks on April 7 and 8, besides injuries to several others. Announcements were made through loudspeakers in mosques, asking the Turi Bangash and other tribesmen to move to the border areas.

According to foreign news agencies, the casualties were the result of ongoing clashes along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. "Military engagement is underway to defuse situation".

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Col. Abdul Hanan, interim chief of the Afghan National Police, told Anadolu Agency clashes broke out in the morning when Pakistani border forces allegedly opened fire at villages in Zazi Maiden district along the Durand Line. He added that local villagers and the Afghan Border Police retaliated with gunfire. Three civilians were also wounded, he added.

Clashes are still underway, he said. Afghanistan, in turn, accuses Islamabad of sheltering the leadership of the Afghan Taliban militants who are battling the Western-backed government in Kabul. He claimed that the Afghan forces have also captured Pakistani soldiers, but refused to reveal their number.

The two US allies routinely accuse each other of failing to crack down on militants who operate along the porous border.

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