Ten ter­ror­ists killed, two sol­diers mar­tyred in cross-bor­der at­tack

Pak­istan pay­ing price for se­cu­rity vac­uum on Afghan side: DG ISPR

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IS­LAM­ABAD: At least eight mil­i­tants were shot dead and two Pak­istani sol­diers died in a skir­mish along the restive bor­der with Afghanistan Mon­day, the mil­i­tary said, as Is­lam­abad tries to tight­ens its grip on the fron­tier.

“Ter­ror­ists from Afghanistan side at­tempted at­tack on Pak­istani posts” along the bor­der in Ba­jaur in the tribal dis­tricts of north­west Pak­istan, the mil­i­tary said in a state­ment, adding that 8-10 of the at­tack­ers were killed.

“Cap­tain Ju­naid Hafeez and Se­poy Ra­ham em­braced shah­dat (mar­tyr­dom) while four sol­diers sus­tained in­juries,” it added.

The state­ment did not spec­ify when the in­ci­dent hap­pened but a se­cu­rity of­fi­cial told AFP it was on Mon­day.

Afghanistan’s fail­ure to con­trol its side of the bor­der made it easy for “ter­ror­ists” to launch such raids, the state­ment added.

Is­lam­abad and Kabul reg­u­larly ac­cuse each other of supporting or fail­ing to curb mil­i­tants who cross the largely open bor­der to carry out at­tacks.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral In­terSer­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions (DG ISPR), Ma­jor Gen­eral Asif Ghafoor Mon­day said that Pak­istan was pay­ing the price for a se­cu­rity vac­uum on Afghan side of the bor­der.

In a se­ries of tweets, the DG ISPR talked about Pak­istan Army cap­tain and a soldier, who were mar­tyred when ter­ror­ists from Afghanistan’s side at­tempted at­tack on Pak­istani posts along Pak-Afghan bor­der in Ba­jaur Agency.

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