Afghanistan, Pakistan Border Skirmishes Leave Two Civilians Dead

Taliban regime on Friday confirmed that two civilians were killed and several others received injuries during clashes that erupted between Afghanistan and Pakistan border security forces in Southeastern Chaman and Spain Boldak crossing points.

Taliban Government Spokesman, Zabihulah Mujahid in a tweet blamed Pakistan for starting the clashes which later spread to several nearby villages. “It is regrettable that the Pakistani security officials first opened fire,” Mujahid said.

Mujahid said that officials from both sides have launched an investigation into the incident, saying the situation is under control.

A local Taliban official, Mohammad Asif Hakimi, told Reuters that two civilians were killed and 22 wounded on the Afghan side. “Five Taliban soldiers were also wounded in the incident,” Hakimi confirmed.

At least 14 Pakistani soldiers were also reportedly killed in different attacks in the past month, and three of them were carried by fighters entering from Afghanistan.

Taliban have repeatedly denied using Afghan soil or letting any other group use it against neighbors, but the Taliban have shown strong reactions to Pakistan’s plans to finish fencing the 2,600-kilometer border in Durand Line.

The previous Afghan governments, including the incumbent Taliban regime, do not recognize Durand Line as the official boundary between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and it remained a source of tensions between the two neighboring countries.

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