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Pakistan. Clashes on the border, Pakistani soldiers and Afghan fighters are dead

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Fighters from the border areas of Afghanistan killed two Pakistani soldiers. The Pakistani army on Sunday said it had responded with fire, killing two or three of its attackers.

The event took place near the border with the Bajaur region in the tribal territories of northwestern Pakistan. This is the first such incident on the Pakistan-Afghan border since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in mid-August. “Pakistan condemns the use of Afghanistan as a base for terrorists and expects that the current and future authorities will not allow it” – emphasized the army in a press release.

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Pakistan-Afghanistan borderSOHAIL SHAHZAD / EPA / PAP

“Unrest and violence could spill over to Pakistan”

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“Various militias, including the Pakistani Taliban organization Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), have been hiding in the Bajaur region for a long time,” recalled the Reuters agency. The Pakistani military has not revealed who is behind Sunday’s attack, but has previously indicated that TTP fighters are hiding in Afghanistan, where they are fleeing from Pakistani services’ operations. TTP recently renewed its alliance with the Taliban in Afghanistan and stepped up attacks on the Pakistani military. “We expect that the unrest that is developing in Afghanistan now, this violence, may spill over to Pakistan over time,” Army spokesman General Babar Iftikhar warned on Friday.

Main photo source: SOHAIL SHAHZAD / EPA / PAP



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