2 security personnel injured in attack from across Afghan border

2 Pakistani security personnel killed in attack from across Afghan border

The two countries are separated by the 2,400-kilometer (1,500-mile) Durand Line, which was drawn by British rulers in 1896.

Scores of locals in Kurram Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) spilt on streets, in a show of solidarity with the armed forces of Pakistan after two of the soldiers were martyred in an attack from Afghanistan near the border on Sunday. Afghanistan does not recognize it as an global border and has objected to new fortifications being built by Pakistan.

The ISPR statement further said that the officials were reviewing fencing arrangements on the border when the incident occurred.

Clashes are still underway, Col. Hanan said. A local political official, who asked not to be identified, said that Pakistani security forces had responded on Sunday by opening fire along the border. Habibi told BBC Pashto service that the clashes stopped in the afternoon as both sides declared a ceasefire after hours of cross-border engagement."Fighting was stopped on Pakistan's request", the governor said. Two Pakistani security forces were also detained on Afghan soil, he added.

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In Islamabad, Foreign Office officials were in contact with the Afghan embassy to explore ways to defuse the tension.

The Pakistani military confirmed the casualties, saying that its border guards were "fired upon from the Afghanistan side" during a routine surveillance mission.

Earlier this month, Afghanistan accused Pakistan of carrying out air strikes in its Kunar province, causing "massive property damage" - charges Islamabad vehemently denied.

Islamabad rejects the accusation, countering that Islamist militants targeting Pakistani forces and civilians reside on the Afghan side of the border.

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