Afghanistan returns captured, bodies of Pakistani soldiers

Afghanistan returns captured, bodies of Pakistani soldiers

Islamabad (Agencies): Afghan has returned a Pakistani soldier they captured and bodies of at least five soldiers who were killed in an attack near pak-Afghan border.

The soldier and the bodies were handed to Pakistani troops, said Khost governor Hukum Khan Habibi.

At least two security personnel were martyred and five others were injured in an attack from Afghanistan near the border in Lower Kurram Agency.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that troops of Frontier Constabulary were carrying out routine surveillance along the border for plugging of gaps and making necessary preparations for starting fencing in that area when the attack was launched.

It added, “Pakistani troops are exercising maximum restraint so as to avoid any Afghan civilian casualties. Mil engagement is underway to defuse situation”.

The attack was carried out from the Khost province of Afghanistan on a border post in Laka Tika area of Lower Kurram Agency, officials of the political administration in Kurram Agency said.

The two countries have been accusing each other of providing shelter to terrorists and carrying out attacks.