Cross-Border Attack by Pakistan Kills Four in Afghanistan

  • It is alleged that Afghan soldiers on Tuesday hit a home in Mamoond district, in Pakistan, leaving a woman wounded.
  • Both governments have been blaming each other for initiating the attack.
  • Pakistan and Afghanistan share a border, known as Durand Line.

At least four people were killed and nine others injured after several mortar shells fired by Pakistani troops hit a village at the border in the eastern part of Afghanistan. Pakistani authorities blamed the Afghan forces for initiating the attack a day earlier, adding that it was just retaliating.

The Durand Line is the international 2,430-kilometre (1,510 mi) land border between Afghanistan and Pakistan in South Asia. It was originally established in 1893 as the international border between British India and Afghanistan by Mortimer Durand, a British diplomat of the Indian Civil Service, and Abdur Rahman Khan, the Afghan Emir, to fix the limit of their respective spheres of influence and improve diplomatic relations and trade.

It is alleged that Afghan soldiers on Tuesday hit a home in Mamoond district, in Pakistan, leaving a woman wounded. Both governments have been blaming each other for initiating the attack. However, it is believed that the Taliban militants, who are backed by Pakistan, are behind the attack.

The Taliban was once active in Mamoond district. Pakistan and Afghanistan share a border, known as Durand Line, one considered as an international border by Pakistan. The Taliban has, however, increased attacks in the recent days.

At least 11 Afghan intelligence agency personnel were killed after the Taliban launched an attack at an intelligence compound in northern Afghanistan. It is alleged that a suicide bomber hit the compound, and was followed by two fighters who opened fire but were later killed.

Earlier in the week, 11 intelligence agency personnel were killed after the Taliban launched an attack at an intelligence compound in northern Afghanistan. It is alleged that a suicide bomber hit the compound, and was followed by two fighters who opened fire but were later killed.

The attack left 63 people wounded. President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, saying it was a tactical approach by the Taliban militant group ahead of negotiations.

The attack comes just after the Taliban attacked checkpoints in northern Kunduz province, killing 14 Afghan security forces. The Taliban and the government forces have been blaming each other for the numerous attacks in recent days.

Earlier, the Defense Ministry revealed that Afghan soldiers on Friday repelled attacks from the Taliban. The militant groups had attacked army checkpoints in Azra distict in Logar province. In a statement, the ministry said that eight Taliban fighters were killed and four others were injured.

Last week, seven police officers were killed and in two separate attacks in Afghanistan. In one of the attacks, in Southern Kandahar province, three officers were killed and 20 others injured. In the second attack, in Nangarhar province, a landmine blast claimed the lives of four police officers.

The Taliban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), are a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist political movement and military organization in Afghanistan currently waging war (an insurgency, or jihad) within that country. Since 2016, the Taliban’s leader is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.

The four officers killed in the second attack include a police commander and three of his bodyguards. The Taliban militant group claimed responsibility for both attacks, calling them a “tactical attack.”

The attacks come as the country is set to begin peace talks in Doha, Qatar, however, the spike in the attacks could be a possible hindrance to the peace process that is being pushed by foreign leaders. The peace deal, signed in February between the United States and the Taliban, gives a way for the Afghan government and the Taliban to start negotiations for the best interest of the country.

The talks between the militant group and the government have delayed because of the political rivalry between the two presidential candidates after last year’s elections. However, the two leaders reached an agreement earlier in the month. The agreement between the two leaders and the release of the prisoners is seen as a major step in the commencement of the talks.

The deal also requires the Afghan government is to release 5,000 insurgents. In exchange, 1,000 Afghan soldiers and police captured by the militant group will be freed. The agreement was signed so as to pave the way for US troops to leave the country after the long military engagement.

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Juliet Norah

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