Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Pakistani soldiers killed in Afghan border attack

Pakistani soldiers killed in Afghan border attack

The DG ISPR comments came after two Pakistani servicemen - among them a captain - were martyred in a cross-border attack by Afghanistan-based terrorists in Bajaur Agency.

According to the officials, the security forces successfully responded to the attack, killing at least 10 terrorists while they were trying to escape after carrying out the attack.

Four Pakistani soldiers were wounded in the attack on a military post in the northwestern region of Bajaur, the army said.

"Absence of Afghan writ on Afghan side of the border like many other areas facilitate terrorists to undertake such attempts", said the ISPR.

Pakistan defends its border security plan, saying anti-state militants after fleeing security operations have taken refuge in "ungoverned" Afghan areas and plotting cross-border terrorist attacks to destabilize the country.

The incident comes days after a Pakistani soldier was killed in a similar attack on a check post at the border in Rajgal Valley.

In a press conference, Director-General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor had announced that 253 square kilometers had been cleared of militants' presence.

On October 3, another soldier had embraced martyrdom after terrorists fired from across the Afghan border on a border post.

Pakistan began fencing the Pak-Afghan border earlier this year to prevent terrorists from crossing into the country from Afghanistan. Kabul does not recognize it as an worldwide border and has objected to the new fortifications.

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