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4 Pakistani soldiers killed in attack near Afghan border

Islamabad, May 5 (EFE).- At least four Pakistani soldiers were killed and six wounded Wednesday when a group of gunmen opened fire from across the border with Afghanistan, the military said.

The attack took place when Frontier Corps (FC) troops were building a fence on the border in the southwest province of Baluchistan.

“Terrorists from across Afghanistan ambushed FC troops moving for fencing,” resulting in the death of four soldiers, the statement said.

According to the statement, the military responded to the attack promptly.

Afghanistan and Pakistan have long accused each other of years of cross-border insurgent attacks.

Pakistan has 975 border checkpoints compared to Afghanistan’s 218 along the 2,600 km boundary.

Pakistan is installing fencing along the Durand Line, as the border created after an agreement between the British and Afghanistan in the 19th century, is known.

The construction began in 2017.

Last year the military claimed it fenced 83 percent of its border with Afghanistan. EFE


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