M777_Afghan_2007-600x350According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, at least 21 mortar shells landed in two separate districts in the latest wave of cross-border shelling from Pakistani soil.

Provincial security chief, Abdul Habib Syed Kheli confirming the report, said the artillery shells landed in Dangam and Kunar Khas districts on Monday night.

Mr. Syed Kheli further added that no casualties and damages to the local residents were reported following the shelling.

Pakistani military has been shelling eastern provinces of Afghanistan including Kunar and Nuristan during the past one year.

Tensions intensified between the two nations following border clashes between Afghan and Pakistani security forces in Goshta district earlier last year.

An Afghan border guard was killed and three Pakistani military forces were injured after Afghan and Pakistani troops exchanged fire in Goshta district.

According to local residents, dozens of people have been killed or injured following the cross-border shelling by Pakistani military during the recent years.

However, Pakistani officials have continuously denied the allegations, claiming that Pakistani forces were responding to cross-border incursion from the Afghan side.

Author

  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.