July 31, 2014

Afghanistan fire 25 mortar shells in Pakistan: Officials

By Sadaf Shinwari - Sat Jan 05, 10:17 am

mortar shell PakistanAccording to Pakistani officials at least 25 mortar shells were fired from the Afghan soil which landed in the border area of Ghulam Khan in North Waziristan Agency on Friday.

The sources confirmed the shelling by unidentified people believed to be Afghan security personnel, did not incur any casualties to local residents.

The shelling according to the sources continued for four hours. The mortar shells were fired from Tarkhobi area in Afghanistan’s Khost province.

Cross-border shelling has heightened tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan as the two countries accuse each other of firing.

The Afghan government has repeatedly asked its Pakistani counterpart to stop cross-border shelling, the Pakistani officials however denies any involvement and blames Afghanistan for violating border sovereignty.

Local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan at least 4 Afghan civilians were killed or injured following missile attack from Pakistan last week.

The officials added at least 12 missiles were fired in Sarkano district, leaving an Afghan woman dead and 3 children injured.

Local officials are saying at least 60 people have been killed or injured following missiles attacks by Pakistan military during the past 9 months.

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