Iranian border forces fire 3 mortar shells into Pakistani territory near Panjgur

No casualties or injuries reported following the cross-border shelling

Mohammad Zafar July 08, 2017
In May this year, at least five mortar shells were fired into Taftan, Balochistan from the Iranian border. PHOTO: File

QUETTA: Iranian Border Guards forces fired three mortal shells into the Pakistani territory near the Panjgur area of Balochistan on Saturday.

There were no reports of any casualties or injuries following the cross-border shelling.

Last month, the Pakistan Air Force had shot down an Iranian drone in Panjgur after it was found flying deep inside Pakistan airspace.

Pakistan confirms shooting down Iranian drone

“The drone was hit by Pakistan Air Force as it was unidentified and was flying at around 3-4km inside Pakistani territory,” read a statement issued by the foreign office.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan had already shared the information about striking down of this drone with the Iranian authorities indicating that the drone was struck down by “our security forces as it was unmarked and there was no prior information about its flight.”

Earlier in May, at least five mortar shells were fired into Taftan, Balochistan from the Iranian border. However, no casualties were reported as all the mortar shells landed in a barren land far away from the population.

Iran fires 5 mortar shells into Pakistan

Confirming the incident, Taftan Assistant Commissioner Zafar Kubdani said, “Five mortar shells were fired from the Iranian side between pillars 104 and 106. Luckily, no casualties occurred.”

Pakistan and Iran share a 900-kilometre-long porous border. Both the two countries had decided in 2014 to boost intelligence coordination to wipe out terrorists from the border region.

The Pakistan Gate at Taftan in Chagai district was completed in 2016.

The ties between the two neighbouring countries came under pressure after 10 Iranian border guards were killed in Mirjaveh, Sistan-Baluchistan province by a militant group Jaish al-Adl.



Amir Kamal | 5 years ago | Reply There are many militants in pakistan who attack to Iran, India and Afghanistan. Pakistan goverments must control and eliminate these terrorists. Otherwise they will make problems for pakistan.
ksahmad | 5 years ago | Reply Iran is the most dual-face country. Some day Iran is backing Kashmir struggle the other day they send drone and shells. Pakistan should never let any chance go to fight the 'devil'.
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