Afghan mortar wounds four in North Waziristan

By AFP
Published: July 4, 2011
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It was the latest incident in a series of alleged cross-border attacks that have raised tensions between the two countries as officials confirmed exploratory peace contacts between Afghanistan, the United States and the Taliban. PHOTO: FILE

It was the latest incident in a series of alleged cross-border attacks that have raised tensions between the two countries as officials confirmed exploratory peace contacts between Afghanistan, the United States and the Taliban. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: Four Pakistanis including two children were wounded on Monday when a mortar shell fired from Afghanistan struck a village near the border, security officials said.

It was the latest incident in a series of alleged cross-border attacks that have raised tensions between the two countries as officials confirmed exploratory peace contacts between Afghanistan, the United States and the Taliban.

The officials said the shell hit Bangedar village in the Ghulam Khan district of North Waziristan.

“The fire came from an Afghan border post in Khost province (in eastern Afghanistan) early this morning,” said local government official Mohammed Khan.

“One injured person is in a critical condition,” said doctor Mubarak Khan at the main hospital in Miranshah, adding that two children aged eight and 13 were among those wounded.

In Kabul, around 200 Afghans protested on Saturday against Pakistani rocket attacks that officials say have killed dozens of people.

Last week, Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded an end to the attacks when he met army chief General Ashfaq Kayani, in the Afghan capital.

Pakistan said only that its security forces may have fired a few accidental rounds into Afghanistan while pursuing militants across the porous 2,400 kilometre border.

There are Taliban strongholds on both sides of the border, but Afghan and US officials want Pakistan to do more to eradicate militant sanctuaries in its semi-autonomous tribal belt used to launch attacks in Afghanistan.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • ABC
    Jul 4, 2011 - 2:05PM

    Army/ISI are getting desperate being denied a chair at Taliban talks!Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jul 4, 2011 - 9:14PM

    I hope you have finally figured out that expensive nuclear weapons don’t provide the protection you thought – I wonder why no one took the time prior to spending all that money to determine that nukes didn’t stop anyone from attacking the USA, Israel, China, Russia, UK, France etc – oh well – sometimes ego overrides common sense.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Jul 5, 2011 - 12:39AM

    @Cautious:
    So why doesn’t India give up it’s nuclear weapons?
    They were, after all, the ones to introduce it in this region.Recommend

  • Someone
    Jul 5, 2011 - 4:57AM

    @Cautious…..I can also see from your cautious comment how ego sometimes overrides common sense by omitting ‘India’ :) Recommend

  • Samir
    Jul 5, 2011 - 5:41AM

    @ Blithe – when will we stop worrying about India. They have tons of problems. Pakistan does too. Can we just fix those? The longer we point out others’ problems, the longer it will take us to fix our own. Recommend

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