Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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, appealing the tribesmen to join the security forces on the border. Following the announcements, several armed tribesmen, belonging to Toori Bangish and other tribes started approaching the border posts.

Pakistan began fencing the Pak-Afghan border a year ago to prevent terrorists from crossing into the country from Afghanistan.

Afghan and Pakistani troops clashed near the disputed border between the two countries on Sunday. Afghan police said that force was used after the Pakistani troops illegally crossed the border. "Military engagement is under way to defuse situation", read the statement.

Initially, Afghan National Police interim chief Col. Abdul Hanan told Anadolu Agency an Afghan civilian was killed and two Pakistani troops were arrested during the clash.

Clashes are still underway, he said. 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.

Mangal said three Pakistani guards were also taken into custody.

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Governor of Afghanistan's eastern Khost province Hukam Khan Habibi was quoted as saying that two persons were also killed in the border district of Zazai Maidan.

He said the Afghan security forces have bodies of three Pakistani troops in custody and those would be handed over to Islamabad in accordance with the state-to-state and global protocols.

Afghan officials often give conflicting casualty figures.

Pakistan's military said in a statement that the Frontier Corps was carrying out "routine surveillance" along the border when it was "fired upon from the Afghanistan side".

Earlier this month, Afghanistan accused Pakistan of carrying out air strikes in its Kunar province, causing "massive property damage" - charges Islamabad vehemently denied.

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