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Afghan, Pakistani border forces trade fire

Afghan, Pakistani border forces trade fire

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Apr 27, 2011 - 17:10

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Afghan and Pakistani forces exchanged heavy fire near their common border in the South Waziristan tribal region, safe haven for Talibaninfo-icon and Al Qaeda fighters, officials said on Wednesday.

The clash erupted on Tuesday night when Afghan border forces opened fire at Pakistani security checkpoints, a governmental official in Wana, Sabir Mehsud, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said two Pakistani militia forces were wounded and three Afghan soldiers killed in return fire. Artillery fire was traded in the Angoor Adda area, damaging dozens of shops in Hangu Bazaar.

Malak Mumtaz, a tribal elder from South Waziristan, said five Pakistani soldiers suffered causalities during the clash. He did not give further details.

Afghan defence ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, said they had not yet received any report about the clash.

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