Two FC personnel martyred, five injured in cross-border attack from Afghanistan

Two FC personnel martyred, five injured in cross-border attack from Afghanistan

At least two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel deployed on the Pak-Afghan border were martyred, while five were injured in an attack from across the border, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday.

Local sources said that the attack was carried out from Khost province on a border post in the Laka Tigga area of Lower Kurram Agency.

According to the ISPR, the military's media wing, the officials reviewing arrangements to erect fences on the Pak-Afghan border when the incident occurred.

Two Pakistani soldiers were martyred in cross-border fire from Afghanistan while working on a fence meant to cover almost the entire disputed 2,500km border separating the countries, the Pakistan Army said Sunday.

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In earlier reports, the security forces confirmed injuries to three personnel but later the ISPR informed that two personnel were martyred and three injured.

Tribal elders reportedly made announcements at several mosques, appealing the tribesmen to join the security forces on the border. Afghan police said that force was used after the Pakistani troops illegally crossed the border. Following the announcements, several armed tribesmen, belonging to Toori Bangish and other tribes started approaching the border posts.

Afghanistan and Pakistan share a 2,430-kilometer (1,510-mile) long disputed border region called the Durand Line, named after the British colonial officer Sir Mortimer Durand who drew it between the then British India and Afghanistan in 1896. "Military engagement is under way to defuse situation", read the statement.

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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