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    Cross-border incursion into Balochistan denied

    KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): The governor of southern Kandahar province on Monday rejected the allegation that Afghan security forces had killed two Pakistani nationals after kidnapping them from Balochistan, saying the deceased were Afghan citizens.

    Pakistani media on Sunday quoted officials as saying that a dozen Afghan security personnel crossed the border into Balochistan province, kidnapped two people and later killed them inside Afghanistan.

    The officials said that the government had called an urgent meeting with the Afghan consul general in Quetta to lodge a strong protest over the incident.

    But the Kandahar governor’s spokesman, Zalmay Ayubi, said the incident took place inside Afghanistan in Jangi Qala, an area between Maroof and Shamalzai districts, not in Pakistan territory.

    He told Pajhwok Afghan News the area was located 400 kilometers inside Afghanistan, saying the victims were Afghans who wanted to plant landmines in the area. Ayubi said Afghan border police had seized five anti-vehicle mines and AK-47 assault rifles from the dead, residents of southern Zabul province.

    Meanwhile, the British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC) reported Balochistan officials had urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad to ensure the corpses’ handover to their families in Pakistan.   

    The report said the Afghan security forces attacked the house of a Pakistani national named Sadullah Kakar, accused of providing shelter to Taliban.

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