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Several people have lost their lives after a cross-border gunfight broke out between Afghan and Pakistani security forces, amid simmering tensions between the militancy-plagued neighbors, officials from both countries say.
Axar.az reports citing AA.
According to Hanan Zadran, the acting police chief for Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost, at least one Afghan civilian and two Pakistani security forces were killed on Sunday morning in the clash, which occurred in Zazi Maidan district, neighbor to Pakistan’s western Kurram Agency.
He added that the bodies of the two Pakistanis were found on the Afghan side of the border near Pakistan's tribal belt along the Durand Line, a 2,400-kilometer frontier drawn by the British in 1896, as it separates the Pashtun ethnic group between the two countries.
However, Afghanistan's Tolo News, citing the 203rd Thunder Corps commander, General Shaur Gul, reported that three Pakistani soldiers had been killed, and three others arrested. He also claimed that the skirmish broke out when Pakistani troopers started shooting at a check post close to Jandighar area in Zazi Maidan district.
Khost provincial governor spokesman Talib Mangal, while confirming the deadly clash, said that two Afghan civilians and four Pakistani troops had lost their lives in the incident.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Geo News reported that two officials of the country’s Frontier Corps (FC) had been killed and five others sustained injuries in the cross-border gunfight.
Pakistan and Afghanistan regularly accuse each other of sheltering their enemy insurgents. The two sides also accuse each other of not doing enough to stop militants engaging in cross-border raids.
2018.04.15 / 21:39