Eight people, including six Pakistani border troops were killed during ongoing border clashes between Afghanistan and Pakistan on Sunday, according to officials. There's now no information about the death toll on the Afghani side.
Originating from Afghanistan's Khost province, the attack targeted FC troops conducting routine surveillance near the Laka Teega check-post in Lower Kurram Agency. "Military engagement is under way to defuse situation", read the statement.
Afghan troops clashed with Pakistani forces near the disputed border on Sunday, in fighting that killed two Pakistani paramilitaries and wounded five others, officials said.
Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in cross-border fire from Afghanistan while working on a fence meant to cover almost all of the disputed 2,500km border separating the countries, the Pakistani military said on Sunday.
According to the ISPR, Afghan Border Police opened fire on FC Balochistan personnel who were deployed in the area to provide security to the Population Census team.
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The bodies of the two Pakistanis were found on the Afghan side of the border near Pakistan's tribal belt, Zadran told AFP.
An Afghan border police officer and a local tribesman were also killed and two other Afghans were injured.
Clashes are still underway, Col. Hanan said.
Pakistan has blamed Pakistani Taliban militants it says are based on Afghan soil for attacks that have taken place in the region over the past two years, urging Kabul to eradicate "sanctuaries" for militants.