Pakistani troops killed, 5 injured in border clashes with Afghan forces

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military's media wing, in a statement said that the Frontier Corps personnel deployed in Kurram Agency were attacked from Afghanistan.

In earlier reports, the security forces confirmed injuries to three personnel but later the ISPR informed that two personnel were martyred and three injured. Following the announcements, several armed tribesmen, belonging to Toori Bangish and other tribes started approaching the border posts.

Afghanistan has refused to recognise the Durand Line - a 2,400-kilometre frontier drawn by the British in 1896 - as it splits the Pashtun ethnic group between the nations.

"Pakistani troops are exercising maximum restraint so as to avoid any Afghan civilian casualties", the statement said, adding that "military engagement is underway to defuse (the) situation".

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According to Azadi Radio, Pakistani forces are shelling Afghan border posts in Zazi Maiden.

Pakistan began fencing the Pak-Afghan border past year to prevent terrorists from crossing into the country from Afghanistan. It added that hundreds of mortars had been fired by Pakistani forces on another Afghan province of Kunar since early April.

Afghan officials often give conflicting casualty figures. Afghanistan, in turn, accuses Islamabad of sheltering the leadership of the Afghan Taliban militants who are battling the Western-backed government in Kabul. 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.

Islamabad rejects the accusation, countering that Islamist militants targeting Pakistani forces and civilians reside on the Afghan side of the border.

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