2 security personnel injured in attack from across Afghan border

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The ISPR claimed that Pakistan expressed restraint following the attack on its troops. Soon after the attack, announcements were made through mosques' loudspeakers in various villages, situated along the Pak-Afghan border.

Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in cross-border fire from Afghanistan while working on a fence meant to cover almost all of the disputed 2,500km border separating the countries, the Pakistani military said on Sunday.

Earlier, an Afghan official said two Pakistani border guards were arrested and an Afghan civilian was killed during the clashes along Afghanistan's Khost province, which lies next to the tribal belt in Pakistan.

Clashes are frequent in the area as Afghanistan doesn't recognize the 2,400-kilometer Durand Line (drawn by Britain in 1896) as its global border with Pakistan.

2 Pakistani security personnel killed in attack from across Afghan border

Clashes are still underway, Col. Hanan said. Habibi told BBC Pashto service that the clashes stopped in the afternoon as both sides declared a ceasefire after hours of cross-border engagement."Fighting was stopped on Pakistan's request", the governor said.

According to Azadi Radio, Pakistani forces are shelling Afghan border posts in Zazi Maiden.

In Islamabad, Foreign Office officials were in contact with the Afghan embassy to explore ways to defuse the tension.

ISPR, the Army's media wing, said FC troops were fired upon from Afghanistan while they were busy in "routine surveillance along Pak-Afghan border for plugging of gaps and making necessary preparations for starting fencing in that area". It was further emphasised that cooperation from Afghan side for effective border management was important for preventing cross-border movement of terrorists and militants.

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