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Two FC men martyred in Afghan attack

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PESHAWAR: At least two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were martyred and five injured in a cross-border skirmish along the Pak-Afghan border late on Saturday night, said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Originating from Afghanistan’s Khost province, the attack targeted FC troops conducting routine surveillance near the Laka Teega check-post in Lower Kurram Agency.

According to ISPR, the security officials countered the attack while ensuring that there were no civilian casualties.

Meanwhile, the political administration in Kurram Agency has said that the tribesmen from Bangash and other tribes have also started to assemble to aid security forces.

An investigation has been launched into the cross-border firing incident.

According to ISPR, the troops were carrying out routine surveillance in Kurram Agency for plugging of gaps and making necessary preparations to start fencing along Afghan border.

“Pakistani troops are exercising maximum restraint so as to avoid any Afghan civilian casualties,” ISPR said, adding that five soldiers were wounded in the attack.

A local political official, who asked not to be identified, said that Pakistani security forces had responded by opening fire along the border.

In a separate incident yesterday in North Waziristan, which also borders Afghanistan, a security forces vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device 15km from district capital Miranshah, a military official said.

A curfew has been imposed in the area, with security officials carrying out a search operation.

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