Three Afghan Civilians Killed In Pakistan-Afghan Border Clash

Afghan and Pakistani forces engaged in cross-border clashes for a second day, hours after Pakistani mortar and rocket fire into Afghanistan killed three women in eastern Kunar province, Afghan officials said Monday.

Sher Zamin Khan, a member of Kunar’s provincial council, said the clashes erupted after Pakistani forces attempted to erect a military installation along the border district of Nari.

He said the shooting lasted over three hours in which three Afghan women were killed and and also wounded four civilians in the remote Nari district, which lies along the border.

He added  communication with the area was difficult because of the isolated location.

“Dozens of local people have displaced from the area,” he said, adding that reinforcements had arrived in the Do Kalam area of Nari district.

There was no immediate reaction from Pakistan.

The two countries share a 2,500-kilometer border known as the Durand Line, which Pakistan considers to be an international border. Afghanistan rejects the colonial-era border that was created in 1893.

Pakistani troops are currently building border fences in response to ongoing complaints by Afghanistan over cross-border movement, particularly by fighters.


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