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Afghan, Pakistani forces trade fire in Paktika

Afghan, Pakistani forces trade fire in Paktika

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May 12, 2017 - 12:45

SHARAN (Pajhwok): Afghan and Pakistani border security personnel have clashed in the Barmal district of southeastern Paktika province, local officials said on Friday.

Afghan forces suffered no casualties in the overnight battle in Angor Adda area, Paktika’s deputy police chief, Col. Dadullah Khan Hotak, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He alleged Pakistani militiamen fired at Afghan security posts on the border, triggering the three-hour clash. He claimed Pakistani forces had suffered casualties, but he had no figures.

Haji Qudratullah, a tribal elder from the area, complained Pakistani militias have been trying over the last few months to build new installations near the Durand Lineinfo-icon.

He said: “Pakistani militiamen have set up new installations at the foot of the Zwaba mountain in Angor Adda and felled trees on Khwaja Khadar mountain. They have also resorted to aggression against our border guards.”

The latest clash erupted at 8pm and lasted until 11pm, according to the elder, who said Afghan forces had suffered no harm in the incident.

Another resident of Barmal, Siddiqullah, blamed the government for failing to pay adequate attention to the remote district and its people. As a result, he added, the Pakistanis meddled in their area.

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