Taliban militants infiltrate in Pak, kill soldier



Islamabad: Taliban militants from Afghanistan launched yet another cross-border raid into Pakistan, attacking a check post and killing a Pakistani soldier on Monday, while four children were injured by rockets that tribesmen said were fired from Afghan territory.

Reports said that over 100 Afghan Taliban attacked a paramilitary check post in Kitkot area of Bajaur tribal region early this morning, killing a soldier and injuring another.

Several attackers were killed when troops at the post retaliated.

Chief military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas confirmed the attack on the post located almost three kilometres from the border with Afghanistan.

Since Bajaur Agency had been cleared of militants by the army, the attack was launched "from the other side", he told the media.

In a separate incident in North Waziristan tribal region, four children were injured when rockets fired from Afghan territory landed on homes, local tribesmen said.

The injured were taken to the main hospital in Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan.

One child was in critical condition, doctors said. Tribesmen said scores of rockets landed in Bang Dar border village and some hit houses.

It could not immediately be ascertained whether NATO or Afghan forces fired the rockets.

Today's incidents are expected to add to growing tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan, observers said.

Officials of the two countries have traded angry charges about shelling in each other's territory over the past few days, triggering a diplomatic row.

The governments of both countries summoned ambassadors to the foreign ministries to lodge formal protests.

Islamabad says armed militants from Afghanistan entered Pakistani areas and launched five attacks in the span of a month on border checkpoints and villages, killing nearly 40 soldiers and injuring 80 others.

Afghan authorities say Pakistani forces have fired hundreds of rockets and artillery shells into Afghanistan's eastern Kunar and Nangrahar provinces, killing dozens of people, including women and children.

Tension along the border has increased at a time when Pakistan and Afghanistan have formed a joint peace and reconciliation commission to work jointly to bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table.

PTI