Afghan, Pakistan troops exchange fire: Officials

Afghan and Pakistani troops exchanged fire across their border today, blaming each other for starting the incident.

Last Updated: Feb 02, 2011, 15:56 PM IST

Miranshah: Afghan and Pakistani
troops exchanged fire across their border today, officials
from both sides said, blaming each other for starting the
incident.

General Almar Gul Mangal, commander of the border
police`s fourth battalion in Afghanistan`s eastern province of
Khost confirmed the exchange of fire and accused Pakistani
troops of sparking the battle.

"At around 11 am (0630 GMT) today, Pakistani troops in
Waziristan started firing heavy and light weapons towards
police posts in Gurbuz district. Our soldiers returned fire,"
he said.

In Pakistan`s northwestern city of Peshawar, a senior
military official said one Pakistani soldier had been killed
and three wounded.

"Afghan forces fired several mortar shells on one of
our military checkposts, leaving one soldier dead and injuring
three others. We fired in retaliation. Our troops are using
artillery and mortars," the official said.

PTI