Afghan border guard injured as Pakistan shells Gushta
JALALABAD (PA): Pakistani forces shelled Afghan border police checkpoints in eastern Nangarhar province overnight, leaving at least one Afghan guard injured, officials said on Tuesday.
The incident, the latest in a series of such cross border attacks on Afghan border guards over the past two months, happened in Gushta district on Monday night, the 4th border police battalion commander, Col. Abdul Basir, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The firing began at 5pm on Monday and continued till 8pm, he said, adding two security posts – Sangar and Shamshad – were hit, injuring a corporal named Safeer at the Sangar post.
Basir said Afghan forces retaliated after staying patient for four hours, with the two sides continuing to trade fire until midnight.
The district chief, Syed Rahman, confirmed the attack from across the Durand Line. The provincial governor had been informed about the excursion, he said, fearing the continuation of such incidents could spark a fresh exodus in the region.
Afghan border security officials say Pakistani forces have launched 18 attacks on Afghan soil over the past two months, displacing dozens of families.
Two days ago, an Afghan civilian was killed in shelling by Pakistani forces in Gushta.
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