Two security personnel injured in Afghan cross border attack

Erika Holt
April 16, 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.

Two Pakistani soldiers were martyred in cross-border fire from Afghanistan while working on a fence meant to cover almost the entire disputed 2,500km border separating the countries, the Pakistan Army said Sunday.

Two Pakistani security personnel were martyred and nine others injured in the clashes.

According to tribal sources in Kurram Agency, the attack happened at Lakka Teega area of Lower Kurram Agency, which connects Kurram and North Waziristan agencies of the tribal belt with Khost province of Afghanistan. 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.

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Tribal elders reportedly made announcements at several mosques in the nearby areas, appealing tribesmen to join the security personnel on the border. Afghan officials said that Pakistani troops crossed on to Afghan soil, prompting a response by border forces and the local tribal force. Clashes are frequent in the area as Afghanistan doesn't recognize the 2,400-kilometer Durand Line (drawn by Britain in 1896) as its global border with Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office protested with Kabul the killing of its two soldiers by the Afghan forces while working on border fencing. "Military engagement is under way to defuse situation", read the statement.

Initially, Afghan National Police interim chief Colonel Abdul Hanan told Anadolu Agency that two Pakistani troops were arrested during the clash.

The army is in the process of fencing the porous Pak-Afghan border in a bid to stem the free-flow of militants.

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