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    Afghan, Pakistani border guards trade fire

    ISLAMABAD/KHOST CITY (PAN): Heavy fighting is underway between Afghan and Pakistani security forces in the southeastern province of Khost, bordering the Parachinar tribal region of the neighbouring country, officials said on Wednesday.

    Four paramilitary troops were injured in an attack by Afghanistan-based foreign troops on their post, Pakistani authorities said. The assault triggered a fire exchange, which is still in progress.

    The fighting that began at 10am was ongoing, Khost police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The fire exchange is underway in the Ghulam Khan area of Gurbaz district.

    An Afghan security post was hit with heavy weapons by Pakistani soldiers, said a border police source, who did not want to be named. Retaliatory fire from the Afghans led to the clash, he added.

    Heavy and light weapons are being used by both sides, according to resident Noor Mohammad, who said that at least one Afghan border police official had been wounded.

    A government official based in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region said NATO-led forces hit a paramilitary post with heavy weapons from across the border. The troops did not cross the border, but fired at the post, injuring four security personnel.

    Dalo Jan Wazir, a resident, confirmed that mortar shells fired from Afghanistan hit a Pakistani security post in the Ghulam Khan locality.

    There was no immediate word from the Inter-Services Public Relations on the incident.

    In Kabul, NATO's media office said that it was aware of the clash and that an investigation had been launched.

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