Several Afghan soldiers killed in border clashes with Pakistan

2 Pakistani security personnel killed in attack from across Afghan border

Afghanistan nabs 2 Pakistani guards post border clash

Afghanistan authorities have opposed the plans of fencing the Afghan frontier by Pakistan as the latter dispute the demarcation made during the British era.

Scores of locals in Kurram Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) spilt on streets, in a show of solidarity with the armed forces of Pakistan after two of the soldiers were martyred in an attack from Afghanistan near the border on Sunday.

At least two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel deployed on the Pak-Afghan border were martyred and five others injured in an attack from across the border, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement on Sunday.

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. Pakistani troops are exercising maximum restraint so as to avoid any Afghan civilian casualties.

The ISPR statement further said that the officials were reviewing fencing arrangements on the border when the incident occurred.

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Initially, Afghan National Police interim chief Col. Abdul Hanan told Anadolu Agency an Afghan civilian was killed and two Pakistani troops were arrested during the clash. Clashes are still underway, Col Hanan said.

Mangal said three Pakistani guards were also taken into custody. He claimed that the Afghan forces have also captured Pakistani soldiers, but refused to reveal their number.

Kabul has long-accused Islamabad of providing safe havens for the Afghan Taliban, which has been waging an insurgency in Afghanistan for more than 16 years.

The two US allies routinely accuse each other of failing to crack down on militants who operate along the porous border.

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