Rocket attack on Pak-Afghan border kills four soldiers: ISPR


ISLAMABAD: A cross border rocket attack at an army post near Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency killed four soldiers and injured others, the military’s media wing reported.


According to the details, the Inter-Services Public Relations said that the rocket was fired from Afghanistan on Sunday which resulted in the death of four military men and injured four others.

Responding to the attack, the army retaliated in a befitting manner and targeted the area from where the rocket fire came, it added.

This is not the first time that a cross border attack has happened on Pak-Afghan border.

The attack comes at a time when relations between Islamabad and Afghanistan had started deteriorating in the wake of a surge in Taliban attacks inside Afghanistan and statements of the Afghan leadership against Pakistan.

Pakistan had summoned the Afghan ambassador last week to protest over a border clash in which three Frontier Constabulary men were killed on August 16 and 17.

Afghanistan’s Ambassa­dor Janan Mosazai was summoned by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry a day after Pakistani envoy in Kabul Abrar Hussain was summoned by the Afghan foreign ministry over the same incident in which they claim that eight of their border guards had been killed.

“A strong protest was also lodged on cross-border violations from the Afghan side on 16 and 17 August 2015, which resulted in death of three FC personnel and injuries to two others,” a FO statement said.

“The Afghan ambassador was conveyed that, as a matter of policy, Pakistani authorities do not initiate fire and return fire only in self-defence,” it added.

Earlier in July, two soldiers were wounded when Afghan National Army fired at Pakistan Army’s position in Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan Agency.

A rocket-propelled grenade-7 and a few rounds of small arms were fired on the Angoor Adda gate from the Afghan side causing injuries to the soldiers, ISPR had said.