Friday, January 27, 2023

Shelling on Pakistan-Afghanistan border, 7 killed

Officials of the two countries said that 6 Pakistani civilians and 1 member of the Afghan army were killed in exchange of fire by the forces of the two countries on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

According to the Pakistan Army, six civilians were killed in the attack by the Afghan Border Force.

According to reports, 17 people were injured in this incident. They “indiscriminately attacked the Chaman border crossing with heavy weapons including artillery and mortars” without provocation.

The crossing connects Pakistan’s western Balochistan province with Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province.

The country’s army also said in a statement that Pakistani troops retaliated to Sunday’s attack in the Chaman border crossing area of southeastern Balochistan province.

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Ataullah Zayed, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar in Afghanistan, said that the conflict between the Pakistani and Taliban forces mainly started with the construction of a new checkpoint on the Afghan border.

Kandahar Police Spokesman Hafiz Saber said one member of the Afghan forces was killed. 10 more people were injured in this incident. Among the injured are 3 civilians.

Akhtar Mohammad, a doctor at a government hospital in Pakistan’s Chaman, said that 27 people were brought to the hospital for treatment. 6 of them died. The condition of seven others is critical.

Recently there have been several attacks at the Chaman Crossing in southwest Pakistan.

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These incidents have increased Pakistan’s tension with Afghanistan’s rulers. Chaman is the main border crossing for trade between the two countries.

Noor Ahmed, an Afghan official in Kandahar province, said after the incident that the incident was accidental and the situation was normalized after the two sides met.

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