FC soldiers martyred, 5 injured in cross-border firing from Afghanistan

  • FC soldiers martyred, 5 injured in cross-border firing from Afghanistan

FC soldiers martyred, 5 injured in cross-border firing from Afghanistan

Local administration told media that the attack was carried out from the Khost province of Afghanistan at the personnel deployed at a post in Laka Tika area of Kurram Agency. Following the announcement, several armed tribesmen belonging to Toori, Bangash and other tribes reached the border area and started patrolling the area. The Afghan officials blamed that the Pakistani troops crossed on to their side of the border, prompting a response by border forces and the local tribal force.

Afghanistan and Pakistan share a 2,430-kilometer (1,510-mile) long disputed border region called the Durand Line, named after the British colonial officer Sir Mortimer Durand who drew it between the then British India and Afghanistan in 1896.

A cross-border gunfight between Afghan and Pakistani security forces today left at least two people dead, officials from both countries said, amid simmering tensions between the neighbours.

At least two Pakistani security personnel were killed and five others injured in an attack from across the Afghanistan border on Sunday, the military said in a statement. Three civilians were also wounded, he added.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office protested with Kabul the killing of its two soldiers by the Afghan forces while working on border fencing. It added that hundreds of mortars had been fired by Pakistani forces on another Afghan province of Kunar since early April. In a separate incident on Sunday in Pakistan's North Waziristan district, which also borders Afghanistan, a security forces vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device 15km from district capital Miranshah, a military official said.

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