Afghan mortars kill two in North Waziristan
25 September, 2013
MIRANSHAH: Mortar shells fired from Afghanistan hit a border village in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing two civilians, security officials said.
Two officials told AFP that six mortar shells fired from the eastern Afghan province of Khost landed in Bange Dar village in North Waziristan Agency. Firing incidents across the border are not uncommon and have added to long-running tensions between Kabul and Pakistan, which last week released a senior Taliban commander as part of attempts to restart Afghan peace efforts. A senior security official in Peshawar said the mortars hit a house around three kilometres from the border.
"All the victims were from same family," he told AFP on condition of anonymity. An intelligence official in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan, confirmed that mortars were fired from Afghan province of Khost. Both Taliban and NATO forces use mortars as part of combat operations and the intelligence official in Miranshah said mortars were fired from the Tarkhobi checkpost in Khost.
Pakistan and Afghanistan share a disputed, porous and unmarked 2,400-kilometre border, and have tricky diplomatic relations, accusing each other previously of cross-border violations and sending gunmen to create unrest. It must be noted that at least five Pakistanis were killed and three others, including a Levies Force official, were injured in firing by Afghan security forces into Pakistani area of Qamaruddin Karez of Zhob District on September 18.
Afghan security forces had opened indiscriminate fire towards Pakistani area of Qamaruddin Karez from Afghanistan, which resulted in the killing of five Pakistani nationals and injuries to three others, including a Levies Force official. The firing had led to the death of five tribesmen of "Loion" tribe living in area of Zhob District located along Pak-Afghan border, official sources had said.