FC soldiers martyred, 5 injured in cross-border firing from Afghanistan

FC soldiers martyred, 5 injured in cross-border firing from Afghanistan

Later, Afghan provincial administration spokesman Talib Mangal said six Pakistani troops, an Afghan border guard and a civilian were killed during an exchange of fire at the Lando Ghar, Nazo Ghar and Khawna Ghonday mountains. Soon after the attack, announcements were made through mosques' loudspeakers in various villages, situated along the Pak-Afghan border. Following the announcement, several armed tribesmen belonging to Toori, Bangash and other tribes reached the border area and started patrolling the area.

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

Pakistan Army said at least two soldiers were killed and five others injured in firing in Kurram tribal region from the Afghan side.

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. He added that local villagers and the Afghan Border Police retaliated with gunfire.

Clashes are still underway, Col. Hanan said. He claimed that the Afghan forces have also captured Pakistani soldiers, but refused to reveal their number. Habibi told BBC Pashto service that the clashes stopped in the afternoon as both sides declared a ceasefire after hours of cross-border engagement."Fighting was stopped on Pakistan's request", the governor said. Three civilians were also wounded, he added.

In Islamabad, Foreign Office officials were in contact with the Afghan embassy to explore ways to defuse the tension.

Earlier this month, Afghanistan accused Pakistan of carrying out air strikes in its Kunar province, causing "massive property damage" - charges Islamabad vehemently denied.

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