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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