Several Killed As Security Forces Clash Along Afghan-Pakistan Border

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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.

Originating from Afghanistan's Khost province, the attack targeted FC troops conducting routine surveillance near the Laka Teega check-post in Lower Kurram Agency.

The ISPR added that the security personnel were plugging the gaps at the border and making necessary preparations to start fencing in that area to stop unwanted infiltration from the Afghanistan side.

"Pakistani troops are exercising maximum restraint so as to avoid any Afghan civilian casualties", the statement said, adding: "Military engagement is underway to defuse [the] situation". Soon after the attack, announcements were made through mosques' loudspeakers in various villages, situated along the Pak-Afghan border.

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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.

An investigation into the firing incident has been initiated.

Pakistan claims it is subject to attacks by Pakistani Taliban militants that Islamabad says are based on the Afghan side of the border.

Two Pakistani border guards were arrested and a civilian was killed during border clashes along Afghanistan's Khost province on Sunday, according to a senior police official and local media.

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