1 Afghan policeman killed, 4 wounded in border clash
SHARANA (Pajhwok): One Afghan border policeman was killed and another four wounded after Pakistani forces shelled their posts in Barmal district of southeastern Paktika province, local officials said on Monday.
They said the clash that erupted on Sunday in the Angoor Ada area had come to an end. Angoor Ada straddles both sides of the boundary between the two countries.
A resident of Khand village in Angoor Ada, Noor Rahman Wazir, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clash occurred after insurgents fired rockets at Pakistani militia forces from inside the Pakistani soil.
But the Pakistani forces retaliated by firing at Afghan border police and the exchange of fire lasted three hours, he said.
He said residents fled to other areas for their safety and returned to their homes after the clash was over. However, he had no information about casualties.
Paktika governor’s spokesman Nabiullah Pirkhel said one Afghan border policeman was killed and four others wounded as a result of firing by the Pakistani forces. He said a civilian had also been injured in the incident.
Pirkhel said initial information suggested that eight Pakistani militiamen had also suffered casualties.
Mohammad Omar, a resident of Urgun district, told Pajhwok Afghan News some youth also picked up guns to fight alongside Afghan forces on the border, but the clash came to an end before they could reach the frontline.
Paktika provincial council head Afsar Khan Sulimankhel also said the border skirmish displaced many families, but they returned to their homes after the clash ended.
A similar border clash few months ago left an Afghan border police officer killed in the same area.
Yesterday, the Pakistani military said five rockets fired from Afghanistan side landed in near vicinity of Pak-Afghan Gate inside Pakistan territory at the Angoor Adda area in South Waziristan, however, no loss of life or property was reported.
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