Two FC personnel injured in 'terrorist attack' on Pak-Afghan border

ISPR says troops 'effectively responded' to the attack


News Desk February 17, 2017
PHOTO: AFP

Two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were injured on Friday when suspected militants attacked a post along the Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency.

“Terrorists attacked Pakistani border post in Khyber Agency from Afghanistan side this morning,” Inter Services Public Relations said.

Troops "effectively responded" to the attack, the statement added. The military’s media wing further said there are reports of a ‘few’ militants being killed in the ensuing exchange of fire.

Minutes after the army chief vowed to respond to the recent wave of terror in the country, security forces closed the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan for all sorts of communication indefinitely.

“The Pakistan-Afghanistan border closed with immediate effect till further orders due to security reasons,” ISPR DG Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted shortly after Gen Qamar’s statement.

Speaking to The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity, a top security official said the decision to close the border was taken in a high-level meeting on Thursday.

“The border will remain closed for all sorts of trade, transport and people crossing over to both sides,” the official said. He added that the border will now only be reopened after thorough consultation with civil and military authorities.

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