Afghan forces firing at Chaman border leaves 3 dead, 18 injured

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Afghan forces firing at Chaman border leaves 3 dead, 18 injured

ISLAMABAD: Afghan Border Police opened fire on Frontier Corps detailed for the security of Population Census team in Chaman on Friday.

"One civilian embraced shahadat, while 18 individuals including four FC Balochistan soldiers sustained injuries due to the firing" Inter Services Public Relations here said.

Since April 30, Afghan Border Police had been creating hurdles in conduct of census in divided villages of Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir in Chaman area, on Pakistani side of the border.

This was done despite the fact that Afghan authorities had been informed well in advance and coordination was carried out through diplomatic and military channels for conduct of census.

Exchange of fire was continued till the mid-day.

The border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Chaman has been closed down. (APP)