2 security personnel injured in attack from across Afghan border

Armed tribesmen arriving to Pak Afghan border to join security personnel

Armed tribesmen arriving to Pak Afghan border to join security personnel

According to the ISPR, the military's media wing, the officials reviewing arrangements to erect fences on the Pak-Afghan border when the incident occurred.

According to government officials, scores of armed tribesmen from Bangash and other tribes have started assembling to support the security personnel. Soon after the attack, announcements were made through mosques' loudspeakers in various villages, situated along the Pak-Afghan border. 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.

At least two Pakistani security personnel were killed and five others injured in an attack from across the Afghanistan border on Sunday, the military said in a statement.

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Initially, Afghan National Police interim chief Colonel Abdul Hanan told Anadolu Agency that two Pakistani troops were arrested during the clash.

Kurram is one of the most sensitive tribal areas as it borders three Afghan provinces and at one point was one of the key routes for militant movement across the border.

He added that local villagers and the Afghan Border Police retaliated with gunfire.

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Meanwhile, the Foreign Office protested with Kabul the killing of its two soldiers by the Afghan forces while working on border fencing. Two Pakistani security forces were also detained on Afghan soil, he added.

The Pakistani military said two members of its paramilitary Frontier Corps were "carrying out routine surveillance" along the border when they were "fired upon from Afghanistan".

Islamabad rejects the accusation, countering that Islamist militants targeting Pakistani forces and civilians reside on the Afghan side of the border.

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