Shells fired from Afghan kills tribesman in Pak
Last Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 21:39
Islamabad: Several shells fired from Afghan territory landed in a border region of Pakistan today, killing a tribesman and injuring a girl, local residents said.

At least nine shells were fired into South Waziristan tribal region in the afternoon, the tribesmen said.

It was not clear if the shells were fired by Afghan troops or foreign forces from across the border.

Local residents said a tribesman named Afsar Khan was killed and a girl injured.

There was no official word on the incident. There has been peace along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in recent days after weeks of tension over allegations of incursions and cross-border firing by both sides.

Pakistan has said that militants enter its territory from Afghan soil and attack border posts and villages.

Nearly 50 people, including Pakistani troops, were killed in several attacks in June and July.

Pakistani officials have said that Pakistani Taliban have established bases in Afghanistan's Kunar and Nuristan provinces, from which they launch cross-border attacks.

Afghan authorities allege Pakistani forces fired hundreds of rockets and artillery shells across the frontier, killing dozens of civilians in recent weeks.

US, Pakistani and Afghan military officials met in the northwestern city of Peshawar last month and discussed ways to ease tensions along the border.


First Published: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 21:39

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