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Afghan firing at Chaman border affects 2,000 families

Afghan firing at Chaman border affects 2,000 families
May 07, 2017

QUETTA, 7 May: At least 2,000 Pakistani families residing along the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman have been affected due to firing of Afghan troops on the border two days ago.

Balochistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Director General Muhammad Tariq told media on Saturday that the affected villages have been evacuated and tents and 19 truckloads of relief items have been sent for the affected families. Mr Tariq said the district government has also been asked to make assessment of the actual damages caused due to Afghan firing.

At least 12 people, including two women and a child, were killed and 50 others, including FC soldiers, were injured in firing of Afghan forces on villages on Chaman border when Pakistani officials were conducting population census there. The border remained closed for third consecutive day on Sunday, while troops on both sides of the border have taken their positons amid very tense atmosphere.

The flag meeting on border issues between the two countries on Saturday also ended without any progress. The Afghan officials alleged that the Pakistani troops first opened fire at Spin Boldak due to which Afghan troops suffered casualties.

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