Pakistan, Taliban say border crossfire caused casualties

ISLAMABAD: Authorities in Pakistan and Afghanistan blamed each other Wednesday for an overnight clash at the border that caused casualties on both sides.

Taliban in a statement Wednesday said that Afghan authorities tried to stop the Pakistan Army from building a checkpoint close to the border in eastern Paktia province’s Dand-e Patan district, but the forces opened fire.

Pakistan Army said in a statement that three soldiers were killed in the northwest by militant fire from across the Afghan border Tuesday night. The attack hit a border security post in Kurram, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Bilal Karimi, a deputy spokesman for the Taliban’s government, said that by understanding, no military installations can be built near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

But Pakistan Army tried to build a post, he claimed, adding that some people approached them to talk and discuss the matter, when suddenly the forces opened fire.

“The issue is under investigation and (Taliban) leaders have been informed,” Karimi said.

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