Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Pakistani security personnel killed in attack from across Afghan border

Pakistani security personnel killed in attack from across Afghan border

Tribal elders reportedly made announcements at several mosques in the nearby areas, appealing tribesmen to join the security personnel on the border.

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. Following the announcements, several armed tribesmen, belonging to Toori Bangish and other tribes started approaching the border posts. "Pakistani troops are exercising maximum restraint so as to avoid any Afghan civilian casualties", the Pakistan Army's public relations department said, adding that five soldiers were wounded in the attack. 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. "Mil [military] engagement is underway to defuse situation", the ISPR said in a statement.

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

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. Two Pakistani security forces were also detained on Afghan soil, he added.

The statement said two paramilitary troops were injured.

Pakistan began fencing the Pak-Afghan border a year ago to prevent terrorists from crossing into the country from Afghanistan. Afghanistan, in turn, accuses Islamabad of sheltering the leadership of the Afghan Taliban militants who are battling the Western-backed government in Kabul.

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