PARACHINAR: Two Pakistani soldiers were martyred in cross-border fire from Afghanistan while working on a fence intended to cover nearly the entire disputed 2,500km border separating the countries, the Pakistan Army said Sunday.
According to ISPR, the troops were carrying out routine surveillance in Kurram Agency for plugging of gaps and making necessary preparations to start fencing along Afghan border.
“Pakistani troops are exercising maximum restraint so as to avoid any Afghan civilian casualties,” ISPR said, adding that five soldiers were wounded in the attack.
A local political official, who asked not to be identified, said that Pakistani security forces had responded on Sunday by opening fire along the border.
In a separate incident on Sunday in Pakistan’s North Waziristan district, which also borders Afghanistan, a security forces vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device 15km from district capital Miranshah, a military official said.
A curfew has been imposed in the area, with security officials carrying out a search operation.
Story first published: 15th April 2018