‘Unprovoked’ firing from Afghan forces kills civilians: Pakistan | Conflict News

A minimum of six civilians killed and 17 others wounded in ‘unprovoked and indiscriminate’ firing by Afghan forces, the Pakistan military says.

A minimum of six civilians have been killed by “unprovoked” firing from Afghan forces close to the Chaman border, Pakistan’s army mentioned, within the newest lethal flare-up on the border between the neighbouring international locations.

The Pakistani military’s media wing mentioned on Sunday that the fireplace wounded 17 folks, and it blamed the casualties on the “unprovoked and indiscriminate fireplace” of heavy weapons by Afghan forces on civilians.

The violence hitting Chaman in southwestern Pakistan follows a sequence of lethal incidents and assaults which have raised tensions with Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers. Chaman is the primary border crossing for commerce between the 2 international locations.

In Afghanistan, a spokesman for Kandahar’s governor, Attaullah Zaid, appeared to hyperlink the clashes between Pakistani and Taliban forces with the development of recent checkpoints on the Afghan aspect of the border. He mentioned one Taliban fighter was killed and 10 have been wounded. Three civilians have been additionally injured, he added.

Pakistan’s military mentioned troops responded to Afghan fireplace, however its media wing didn’t give additional particulars. It mentioned Pakistan has approached authorities within the Afghan capital, Kabul, to focus on the severity of the border incident.

A health care provider with a government-run hospital in Chaman, Akhtar Mohammad, informed The Related Press that dwell rounds injured 27 individuals who have been introduced into the hospital for remedy. Of those, six died and 7 have been in crucial situation.

People gather beside a burnt truck caused by Afghan forces shelling in Chaman.
Individuals collect beside a truck burned by Afghan forces shelling in Chaman, a city in Pakistan’s southwest alongside the Afghan border [AP Photo]

‘A giant explosion’

A resident on Pakistan’s aspect of the border, Wali Mohammad, took his wounded cousin to the hospital in Chaman. He mentioned there have been various explosions adopted by speedy gunfire.

“We have been on the street like every other break day when immediately an enormous explosion was heard and particles hit many individuals, together with one among my cousins,” mentioned Mohammad.

A lethal taking pictures in November shuttered the border at Chaman for eight days, inflicting heavy industrial losses and leaving 1000’s of individuals stranded on either side.

Later within the month, Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul got here underneath gunfire days after Pakistan’s Overseas Minister Hina Rabbani Khar travelled to Kabul to fulfill her Afghan counterpart Amir Khan Muttaqi.

Pakistani officers known as the incident an “assassination try” on its envoy there and blamed Taliban officers for the safety breach.

Islamabad additionally has mentioned that Afghanistan’s rulers are sheltering fighters from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) armed group, which carries out lethal assaults on its soil.

The TTP, often known as the Pakistan Taliban, has been combating the Pakistani state for greater than a decade. The armed group, which is ideologically aligned with the Afghan Taliban, calls for the imposition of its readings of Islamic regulation and the discharge of its fighters, amongst different points.

The TTP has carried out assaults after it ended a months-long ceasefire settlement with Islamabad.

People look a damaged shop caused by Afghan forces shelling in Chaman.
Individuals take a look at a store broken by Afghan forces shelling in Chaman [Jafar Khan/AP Photo]

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