Several Killed As Security Forces Clash Along Afghan-Pakistan Border

Nellie Chapman
April 15, 2018

A cross-border gunfight between Afghan and Pakistani security forces today left at least two people dead, officials from both countries said, amid simmering tensions between the neighbours.

According to the ISPR, Afghan Border Police opened fire on FC Balochistan personnel who were deployed in the area to provide security to the Population Census team.

"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".

Kurram is one of the most sensitive tribal areas as it borders three Afghan provinces and at one point was one of the key routes for militant movement across the border.

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The two U.S. allies routinely accuse each other of failing to crack down on militants who operate along the porous border. Kurram has been plagued by militancy over the past decade and was the location of many U.S. drone strikes targeting commanders from al Qaeda and other militant groups. 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.

The attack was carried out from the Khost province of Afghanistan on a border post in Laka Tika area of Lower Kurram Agency, officials of the political administration in Kurram Agency said.

Kabul does not recognise it as an global border and has objected to new fortifications being built by Pakistan.

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