Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Afghanistan nabs 2 Pakistani guards post border clash

Afghanistan nabs 2 Pakistani guards post border clash

Pakistani officials told Reuters that two Pakistani soldiers were killed.

At least two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were martyred and five injured in a cross-border skirmish along the Pak-Afghan border late on Saturday night, said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Kurram Agency is one of the most sensitive tribal areas of Pakistan as it shares the border with three Afghan provinces.

An Afghan border police officer and a local tribesman were also killed and two other Afghans were injured.

The military's media wing in its statement said that troops of Frontier Constabulary were carrying out routine surveillance along the border for plugging of gaps and making necessary preparations for starting fencing in that area when the attack was launched. Pakistan has blamed Pakistani Taliban militants it says are based on Afghan soil for attacks that have taken place in the region over the past two years, urging Kabul to eradicate "sanctuaries" for militants. 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. Soon after the attack, announcements were made through mosques' loudspeakers in various villages, situated along the Pak-Afghan border.

Afghanistan routinely accuses the Pakistani Army of attacking civilians and security checkpoints on the disputed border, accusations Pakistan routinely denies.

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

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