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    Pakistani security officials cross border after attack

    ASADABAD/KABUL (PAN): Eight Pakistani border security officials, including an officer, fled into eastern Kunar province after a militant attack on their post, officials said on Thursday.

    The Pakistan officials crossed into Afghanistan on Wednesday night and surrendered to Afghan border police in the Sargano district, border police commander in the southeast, Gen. Muhammad Zaman Mamozai, said.

    He said the Pakistanis were now in the custody of the Afghan National Army which was interrogating them in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.

    He said an operation was conducted in the district, and that four Pakistani Taliban were arrested, two of whom were injured.

    In Kabul, the defence ministry spokesman, Major Gen. Zahir Azeemi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Pakistani security officials had crossed the border to take refuge after their post was attacked.

    He said an officer was killed in the attack and that forced the others to flee.

    Azeemi said the Pakistani officials were being questioned and if proved innocent would be handed over to Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad.

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