Two Pakistani soldiers killed in attack at Afghanistan border

6 Pakistani troops' killed in Afghanistan border clash

A statement by Pakistan's military said the Afghan side fired on the Frontier Corps fighters while they were carrying out "routine surveillance" along the border.

Though security has improved in Pakistan's remote areas bordering Afghanistan, sectarian militant attacks, primarily targeting Shias, still occur.

An Afghan official said Pakistani forces have crossed into eastern Afghanistan and clashed with Afghan troops.

Eight people, including six Pakistani border troops were killed during ongoing border clashes between Afghanistan and Pakistan on Sunday, according to officials. "Two tribesmen were killed and the exchange of fire is ongoing", said Mohmud Zazai, a senior army commander in the area.

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Col. Abdul Hanan, interim chief of the Afghan National Police, said clashes broke out in the morning when Pakistani border forces allegedly opened fire at Afghan villages in Zazi Maiden district along the Durand Line.

He added that local villagers and the Afghan Border Police retaliated with gunfire.

The bodies of the two Pakistanis were found on the Afghan side of the border near Pakistan's tribal belt, Zadran told AFP. Kabul has long-accused Islamabad of providing safe havens for the Afghan Taliban, which has been waging an insurgency in Afghanistan for more than 16 years. Kurram has been plagued by militancy over the past decade and was the location of many United States drone strikes targeting commanders from al Qaeda and other militant groups.

Kabul does not recognise it as an worldwide border and has objected to new fortifications being built by Pakistan.

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