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Pakistan Protests Mortar Attack From Afghanistan

Pakistan has lodged a protest with Afghanistan over the alleged killing of civilians in a mortar attack along their mutual border.

A statement from Pakistan's Foreign Office said September 25 that the top Afghan diplomat in Islamabad was called in for a protest over the September 24 attack in the northwestern North Waziristan tribal district, which killed two civilians and injured another.

The statement said the diplomat was told that "such incidents undermined border coordination and cooperation and were detrimental to cooperative ties between the two brotherly countries."

A week ago, Islamabad launched a similar protest over the alleged killing of five of its citizens by Afghan security forces in the southwestern province of Balochistan.

The two neighbors often blame each other for harboring insurgent movements and launching cross-border raids.

Based on reporting by AP and

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