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Afghanistan nabs 2 Pakistani guards post border clash

16 April 2018

Police Chief in Khost Abdul Hanan confirmed that one security man was killed in the firing.

Afghan troops clashed with Pakistani forces near the disputed border on Sunday, in fighting that killed two Pakistani paramilitaries and wounded five others, officials said.

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.

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According to tribal sources in Kurram Agency, the attack happened at Lakka Teega area of Lower Kurram Agency, which connects Kurram and North Waziristan agencies of the tribal belt with Khost province of Afghanistan.

Tribal elders reportedly made announcements at several mosques in the nearby areas, appealing tribesmen to join the security personnel on the border. Afghan police said that force was used after the Pakistani troops illegally crossed the border. "Military engagement is underway to defuse situation".

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

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ISPR, the Army's media wing, said FC troops were fired upon from Afghanistan while they were busy in "routine surveillance along Pak-Afghan border for plugging of gaps and making necessary preparations for starting fencing in that area".

Clashes are still underway, Col. Hanan said.

According to Azadi Radio, Pakistani forces are shelling Afghan border posts in Zazi Maiden. Two Pakistani security forces were also detained on Afghan soil, he added. It was further emphasised that cooperation from Afghan side for effective border management was important for preventing cross-border movement of terrorists and militants.

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Afghanistan nabs 2 Pakistani guards post border clash