Firing from Afghanistan: Two FC men martyred in Kurram Agency

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Two Pakistani soldiers were martyred in cross-border fire from Afghanistan while working on a fence meant to cover almost the entire disputed 2,500km border separating the countries, the Pakistan Army said Sunday. The ISPR accused Afghanistan of opening fire when Pakistani troops were carrying out routine surveillance along the Pak-Afghan border and making necessary preparations for starting fencing of that area.

Last year, at least 10 civilians were martyred while 42 injured including women and children in an unprovoked firing and shelling from Afghan side of the border in Chaman. Habibi told BBC Pashto service that the clashes stopped in the afternoon as both sides declared a ceasefire after hours of cross-border engagement."Fighting was stopped on Pakistan's request", the governor said.

Witnesses in Kurram agency said that armed tribesmen rushed to the border to help Pakistani security forces.

Initially, Afghan National Police interim chief Colonel Abdul Hanan told Anadolu Agency that two Pakistani troops were arrested during the clash.

2 Pakistani security personnel killed in attack from across Afghan border
Two FC officials martyred, five injured in cross-border attack in Kurram Agency

Khost province lies next to the restive tribal belt in Pakistan. It added that hundreds of mortars had been fired by Pakistani forces on another Afghan province of Kunar since early April. He claimed that the Afghan forces have also captured Pakistani soldiers, but refused to reveal their number.

Afghanistan authorities have opposed the plans of fencing the Afghan frontier by Pakistan as the latter dispute the demarcation made during the British era.

In Islamabad, Foreign Office officials were in contact with the Afghan embassy to explore ways to defuse the tension. It was once an ideal point for militants to move across the border in the past.

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