Two FC soldiers martyred in cross-border attack from Afghanistan

Clay Curtis
April 16, 2018

At least two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were martyred and five injured in a cross-border skirmish along the Pak-Afghan border late on Saturday night, said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

"Troops were carrying out routine surveillance along Pak Afghan border for plugging of gaps and making necessary preparations for starting fencing in that area", it said.

Local administration told media that the attack was carried out from the Khost province of Afghanistan at the personnel deployed at a post in Laka Tika area of Kurram Agency.

The statement said two paramilitary troops were injured.

Tribal elders reportedly made announcements at several mosques in the nearby areas, appealing tribesmen to join the security personnel on the border.

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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 two countries have been accusing each other of providing shelter to terrorists and carrying out attacks.

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

Kabul, meanwhile, has denounced the fence, which threatens to upset the daily lives of communities who have traditionally paid little mind to 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.

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