At least five civilians, including two children, were killed on Sunday in cross-border shelling by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in South Waziristan Agency.
According to military sources, ANA troops fired mortar rounds from the Khuja Khadar (KK) Top checkpost in Afghanistan, which hit a civilian vehicle some two kilometres north of the Naray area of South Waziristan.
As a result, five people were killed, sources added. The victims were local villagers who were returning home after collecting firewood near the Pak-Afghan border.
A political administration official confirmed the cross-border shelling by ANA, saying four mortar shells were fired from Afghanistan. According to him, the victims included two children.
He identified the dead as Saidullah Shamsi Khel, Ahsanaullah Shamsi Khel, Mahrof Dottani, Syed Wali and Saidullah.
Pakistan condemned the cross-border shelling and lodged a strong protest with the Afghan government over the killing of
Published in The Express Tribune, November 12th, 2012.