Bodies of 5 sol­diers re­turned

Kuwait Times - - International -

KHOST: Afghan tribes­men yes­ter­day re­turned a Pak­istani sol­dier they cap­tured in a deadly skir­mish along the coun­tries’ bor­der, as well as the bodies of five sol­diers, the gover­nor of Afghanistan’s Khost prov­ince said. The sol­dier and the bodies were handed to Pak­istani troops, said Khost gover­nor Hukum Khan Habibi. The dis­pute arose over Pak­istan’s work on a fence in­tended to span nearly all of the dis­puted 2,500-km bor­der, much of it moun­tain­ous and por­ous. Afghan of­fi­cials have al­leged that Pak­istani troops crossed onto Afghanistan soil, prompt­ing fir­ing on Sun­day by bor­der forces and the lo­cal tribal force. The two sides later agreed on a cease­fire. Bor­der skir­mishes in the area are com­mon, al­though de­ten­tion of a for­eign sol­dier is rare. —AFP

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