Atleast 5 soldiers martyred, 12 wounded in an attack from across Afghan border

Atleast 5 soldiers martyred, 12 wounded in an attack from across Afghan border

PESHAWAR - Pakistan security forces have suffered a blow after an ambush at the security post at Afghan border from across the border.

At least five Frontier Corps (FC) were reported martyred while 12 others were injured in an attack from across the border, *DawnNewsTV* reported on Monday.

The attack, which was carried out from the Khost province of Afghanistan, targeted a border post in Laka Tika area of Lower Kurram Agency, officials of the political administration in Kurram Agency said.

According to MNA Sajid Toori, the skirmishes, which spanned more than 24 hours, also left at least 10 assailants dead and several injured. The bodies of the slain FC troops were recovered after officials from both sides held dialogues, of which MNA Toori and several others were a part of.

The political administration, however, has not yet confirmed the recovery of bodies.

Armed tribesmen arriving to Pak-Afghan border to join security personnel.— Photo provided by author

According to government officials, scores of armed tribesmen from the Bangash and other tribes, at the request of tribal elders, had rushed to the border to support under-fire Pakistani security personnel.

Following extensive retaliatory firing, the security personnel and tribesmen had managed to repel the attackers.

On Sunday, Inter-Services Public Relations, the Army's media wing, said FC troops were fired upon from Afghanistan while they were busy in "routine surveillance along the Pak-Afghan border for plugging of gaps and making necessary preparations for starting fencing in that area."

"Pakistani troops are exercising maximum restraint so as to avoid any Afghan civilian casualties," the statement had said, adding: "military engagement is underway to defuse [the] situation."

An investigation into the firing incident has been initiated.