Pakistan, Afghan soldiers clash at Khyber Pass border


ISLAMABAD: Pakistani and Afghan soldiers clashed overnight at the main border crossing at the end of the Khyber Pass, officials said on Monday, further straining relations between the militancy-plagued neighbours. According to media report, Pakistani security forces are retaliating to the attack with equal force. The attack from Afghan forces has left nine Pakistani civilian injured. After the attack Pakistan has imposed a curfew in the area of Landi Kotal. All the vehicles crossing the border have been stopped near Takhta Baig check post.

The clash reportedly occurred over the installation of a gate by Pakistan and continued for several hours. Gen. Ayub Hussain Khel, a commander of the Afghan Border Police in east, confirmed that the clashes erupted over the installation of a door by the Pakistani border guards, reports Khaama Press.

According to the military’s media wing, Afghan forces began firing as Pakistan started constructing a gate on their side of the border, as a “necessity to check unwanted and illegal movement of terrorists through Torkham.” “At about 21:20 hours tonight, Afghan Security forces resorted to unprovoked firing on Pakistani side at Torkham Gate,” the ISPR said on Sunday.