Two FC soldiers martyred in attack at Afghanistan border

Cheryl Sanders
April 16, 2018

Eight people, including six Pakistani border troops were killed during ongoing border clashes between Afghanistan and Pakistan on Sunday, according to officials.

According to the ISPR, the military's media wing, the officials reviewing arrangements to erect fences on the Pak-Afghan border when the incident occurred.

Last year, at least 10 civilians were martyred while 42 injured including women and children in an unprovoked firing and shelling from Afghan side of the border in Chaman.

The bodies of the two Pakistanis were found on the Afghan side of the border near Pakistan's tribal belt, Zadran told AFP.

The ISPR claimed that Pakistan expressed restraint following the attack on its troops.

Local sources said that the attack was carried out from Khost province on a border post in the Laka Tigga area of Lower Kurram Agency.

Col. Abdul Hanan, the acting provincial police chief in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province, said the fighting broke out after Pakistani forces crossed into Afghanistan.

In earlier reports, the security forces confirmed injuries to three personnel but later the ISPR informed that two personnel were martyred and three injured. "Military engagement is underway to defuse situation", the statement said. A local political official, who asked not to be identified, said that Pakistani security forces had responded on Sunday by opening fire along the border.

Tribal elders reportedly made announcements at several mosques in the nearby areas, appealing tribesmen to join the security personnel on the border. It was once an ideal point for militants to move across the border in the past. Afghanistan does not recognize it as an global border and has objected to new fortifications being built by Pakistan.

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