Ten terrorists killed, two soldiers martyred in cross-border attack
Pakistan paying price for security vacuum on Afghan side: DG ISPR
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.