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16 April 2018, 03:18 | Erica Roy
2 Pakistani security personnel killed in attack from across Afghan border
"Pakistani troops are exercising maximum restraint so as to avoid any Afghan civilian casualties", the Pakistan Army's public relations department said, adding that five soldiers were wounded in the attack.
Governor of Afghanistan's eastern Khost province Hukam Khan Habibi was quoted as saying that two persons were also killed in the border district of Zazai Maidan.
Kurram Agency is one of the most sensitive tribal areas of Pakistan as it shares the border with three Afghan provinces. Announcements were made through loudspeakers in mosques, asking the Turi Bangash and other tribesmen to move to the border areas. "Military engagement is underway to defuse situation", the statement said. Afghanistan does not recognize it as an worldwide border and has objected to new fortifications being built by Pakistan.
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.
Col. Hanan added that local villagers and the Afghan Border Police retaliated with gunfire.
Clashes are frequent in the area as Afghanistan doesn't recognize the 2,400-kilometer Durand Line (drawn by Britain in 1896) as its global border with Pakistan. Clashes are still underway, Col Hanan said.
The bodies of the two Pakistanis were found on the Afghan side of the border near Pakistan's tribal belt, Zadran told AFP.
According to Azadi Radio, Pakistani forces are shelling Afghan border posts in Zazi Maiden.
The Pakistani military said two members of its paramilitary Frontier Corps were "carrying out routine surveillance" along the border when they were "fired upon from Afghanistan".
The army is in the process of fencing the porous Pak-Afghan border in a bid to stem the free-flow of militants.
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