Local authorities in the Kandahar province of southern Afghanistan said that Afghan and Pakistani forces re-engaged in an armed skirmish on Thursday near the Chaman border.
According to the local officials, the clash erupted between the Afghan and Pakistani sides on Thursday, December 15, at around 11:30 local time, in the Shiro Oba area of Kandahar province’s Spin Boldak district, along the supposed Duran borderline.
Following a clash that occurred in the same week, four days ago, which left seven people dead and sixteen injured, there is currently an armed conflict between the parties at the Chaman border crossing.
Pakistan’s Samaa News Agency reported that at least 1 civilian has been killed and 12 others including women and children were wounded and were taken to the DHQ hospital, citing Pakistani military sources.
Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, earlier this week denounced the Afghan Border Forces’ “unprovoked shelling” of people in Pakistan’s Chaman district and urged the Afghan side to ensure that such occurrences “not repeated again.”
Top Pakistani officials condemned the armed confrontation between Afghan and Pakistani border forces earlier this week at the Friendship Gate of the Chaman border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan. After a temporary closure, the border crossing was reponed to vehicles and people on Sunday.