Friday, July 25, 2014


Afghanistan

Afghan Official Says Border Shelling Kills One

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An official in eastern Afghanistan says shelling from across the border in Pakistan has killed at least one Afghan border guard.

Wasifullah Wasify, a spokesman for eastern Konar Province, said a battle between Afghan and Pakistan border patrols broke out early on August 14 near a checkpoint in Konar's Dangam district, across from the Pakistani district of Bajaur.

He said one of the rockets killed a border-patrol officer and wounded at least four others.

Wasify says at least 83 rockets have landed in the area.

It is the latest report of cross-border fire that has raised tensions between the two neighbors.

Pakistan officials had no immediate comment. Islamabad has denied deliberately targeting Afghan territory in fighting militants on its side of the border.

Based on reporting by AP, dpa, and BBC
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