Pakistani security personnel killed in attack from across Afghan border

2 Pakistani security personnel killed in attack from across Afghan border

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.

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.

Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in cross-border fire from Afghanistan while working on a fence meant to cover almost all of the disputed 2,500km border separating the countries, the Pakistani military said on Sunday.

According to government officials, scores of armed tribesmen from Bangash and other tribes have started assembling to support the security personnel.

The fighting left two Pakistani soldiers killed and five others wounded.

Tribal elders reportedly made announcements at several mosques, appealing the tribesmen to join the security forces on the border.

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. Afghan officials said that Pakistani troops crossed on to Afghan soil, prompting a response by border forces and the local tribal force.

The spokesman had said further that two Pakistani soldiers lost their lives in cross-border attacks on April 7 and 8, besides injuries to several others. "Military engagement is underway to defuse situation".

Initially, Afghan National Police interim chief Colonel Abdul Hanan told Anadolu Agency that two Pakistani troops were arrested during the clash. It was once an ideal point for militants to move across the border in the past.

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