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3 Pakistani forces killed, 4 held in Durand Line clash

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3 Pakistani forces killed, 4 held in Durand Line clash

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Apr 15, 2018 - 14:43

ASADABAD/ KHOST (Pajhwok): At least three Pakistani security personnel were killed and four others captured alive during a clash with Afghan forces in southeastern Khost province on Sunday, officials said.

Khost police chief Abdul Hanan Zadran told Pajhwok Afghan News the border skirmish erupted in Zazi Maidan district shortly after 8am in the morning.

He said the Pakistani security forces initiated the skirmish by storming three Afghan check-posts in the area.

One civilian was also killed and three others wounded on this side of the Durand Lineinfo-icon, Zadran added.

Talibinfo-icon Mangal, the governor’s spokesman, said three Pakistani forces were killed and four others held alive during the skirmish.

In Pakistaninfo-icon, Dawn.com reported that at least two security personnel deployed on the Pak-Afghan border were injured in the attack from across the border.

The attack was carried out from Khost province on a border post in Laka Tika area of Lower Kurram Agency, according to officials in the political administration.

The security forces have launched a counter attack while, according to government officials, scores of armed tribesmen from Bangash and other tribes have started assembling to support the security personnel.

Tribal elders reportedly made announcements at several mosques in the nearby areas, appealing tribesmen to join the security personnel on the border.

Following the announcements, several armed tribesmen, belonging to Toori Bangish and other tribes started approaching the border posts.

In Kunar, Pakistani forces fired at least 183 rockets into Dangam, Sheltan, Marawara districts since Saturday morning, injuring a girl, said police spokesman Fareed Dehqan.

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