At least Six Dead, 24 Wounded In Pakistani-Afghan Border Clashes

by Abel Hampton May 6, 2017, 7:40

Since the census was launched in March, government census teams have also come under attack from Taliban fighters.

Earlier, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement the confirmed cross-border firing and shelling. At least 15 were killed, mostly civilians, and over 40 others wounded in the exchange of fire.

Ghafoor said Afghan forces have been creating hurdles for census workers since April 30 in the villages of Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir, which are divided between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Pakistan has closed the Chaman border crossing for an indefinite period.

"The DGMO Pakistan Army told his counterpart that we shall continue our work within our border", the army said.

The director generals of military operations of both armies also established hotline contact ahead of the flag meeting.

Ethnic Pashtuns living along the border have traditionally paid it little heed, with villages straddling the frontier that have mosques and houses with one door in Pakistan and another in Afghanistan.

At least four Afghan army personnel were killed and 37, including 23 civilians and 14 military personnel were injured on the Afghan side of the border.

The clash happened in Luqman and Jahangir, villages straddling the border. He agreed to take up the matter and issue necessary orders accordingly.

Pakistani government and military officials said the artillery rounds that hit in the border town of Chaman in southwestern Baluchistan province were unprovoked but Afghan provincial officials claimed that the Pakistanis fired first. He said that Pakistan has the right to retaliate.

Three women and three children were among the casualties while seven critical patients have been referred to Quetta hospitals, he said.

Pakistan's foreign ministry spokesman Nafeez Zakaria said that the census team "was fulfilling its duties in the area and the exercise was taking place within the jurisdiction of Pakistan".

Pakistani authorities have closed the Chaman border crossing with Afghanistan to stop all cross border movement after unprovoked shelling and firing from the other side of the border.

Gen. Abdul Raziq, the police chief in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, blamed Pakistan for initiating the gunbattle.

"I lost a close relative in the attack", he said.

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