CHAMAN: At least seven civilians were martyred and several injured early Friday when Afghan border forces opened fire on Frontier Corps Balochistan soldiers deployed for security of census team in Chaman.
Earlier, the Inter-Services Public Relations statement said one civilian was martyred and at least 18 injured in the cross-border firing and shelling. The injured included four FC soldiers who were on security duty of the population census team.
But Deputy Medical Superintendent at Civil Hospital Dr Akhtar later confirmed seven civilians had died and 29 had been injured as a result of the firing and shelling.
Deputy Commissioner Qaiser Khan earlier said a woman was killed when a mortar shell fell on her house.
He also said all schools in the locale had been closed for an indefinite period. He advised residents to avoid going to the rooftops of their houses, as the firing was still ongoing.
The unprovoked firing by Afghan forces, with both light and heavy arms, began at 4 AM, security officials said. The firing was still continuing at the time of filing this report, according to the ISPR.
Pakistani security forces effectively responded to the firing and shelling from the Afghan side, security personnel said.
The injured also include children.
Large contingents of FC and Levies reached the area as soon as the vicinity came under heavy fire from across the border.