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Cross-Border Afghan Fire Kills Seven Pakistan Soldiers

by AFP
Banaras Khan—AFP

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Military statement says it is unclear whether fire came from militants of Afghan soldiers.

Heavy cross-border fire from Afghanistan killed seven Pakistani soldiers Tuesday at a checkpoint in a troubled tribal area, the Army said.

“Seven Frontier Corps soldiers embraced shahadat,” a military statement said. It was not immediately known whether the fire came from militants or from Afghan security forces. It said the heavy fire from across the border targeted a checkpoint northeast of Angoor Adda in South Wazirstan.

Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border are rife with homegrown insurgents and are strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives.

Local militants have fled ongoing military offensives since 2008, taking refuge across the porous border from where they have launched attacks on Pakistani military checkpoints and civilians.

The latest attack came two months after a cross-border rocket attack by militants on a Pakistani checkpoint in Khyber Agency killed at least four soldiers and wounded four others.

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