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Border shelling: High-level delegation in Kandahar

Border shelling: High-level delegation in Kandahar

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Aug 02, 2020 - 16:58

KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): A high level delegation from Kabulinfo-icon arrived in southern Kandahar province on Sunday to investigate a deadly border firing incident that caused casualties on both sides.

The delegation will investigate the Thursday’s shelling from the Pakistani side that killed 15 people, including a child, and injured 80 more on this side of the Spin Boldak-Chaman crossing.

In a statement, the National Security Council said the powerful delegation, led by deputy National Security Advisor, would meet local authorities and visit the clash site as part of its investigation.

The delegation would probe the incident from various angles and share its findings with the president, the statement said.

On Thursday evening, Pakistani forces fired rockets and machineguns into Spin Boldak side for six hours.

According to local officials, 15 people were killed, including a child, and another 80 were wounded in the shelling that also caused damages to local residences.

The incident unfolded after thousands of local residents attending a sit-in against the gate’s closure tried to open the border crossing.

Azeem Mumtaz, a participant of the sit-in, said Pakistani forces used violence  against the protestors and killed five civilians and injured 20 others on the Pakistani side.

However, Islamabad has said Pakistani troops responded to firing by the Afghan forces and they did not open fire first and responded in self-defence only.

Pakistaninfo-icon closed the Chaman-Spin Boldak border crossing to prevent the spread of coronavirus and first allowed exports and then imports through the crossing, but is yet to allow people’s movement.

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