Suicide attack at Pak-Afghan border kills seven, injures 10

The border at Chaman has temporarily been closed for all kinds of traffic.


Mohammad Zafar July 11, 2013
Pakistani security personnel remove the body of a blast victim after a bomb explosion at the border town of Chaman on July 11, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: As many as seven people were killed, including an Afghan security guard and ten others, including four Frontier Corps (FC) members, sustained injuries in a suicide bomb blast in Chaman, Balochistan, on Thursday.

A suicide bomber wanted to enter the bordering town of Chaman through the ‘Friendship Gate’ at the Pak-Afghan border from Afghanistan when security forces, finding him suspicious, stopped him at the gate.

On being caught, the suicide bomber blew himself up killing seven people, including an Afghan security guard and three Pakistani and three Afghani civilians, and injuring 10 people including four personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan.

The deceased and injured were shifted to the hospital immediately after the blast and the border was closed for all goods, people and vehicles.

NATO supplies were also suspended due to the closure of the border. Sources said that the Afghani injured civilians were shifted to the bordering district of the Afghanistan Spin Boldak Hospital.

After the incident, FC cordoned off the area and security was tightened on both the sides of the border.

Last week, a suicide bomber had attacked a border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Friday, killing two people including a senior Afghan police commander near a customs gate.

In recent weeks, Taliban insurgents have accelerated their campaign of suicide attacks and roadside bombs in the region, as NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 draws closer.

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Incidents like these emphasize the importance of cross border coordination between the regional partners. The U.S., Afghanistan and Pakistan have been making common sacrifices for the sake of restoring peace in the region. It only makes sense for us to combine our strength against our common enemies. We’ve come too far to let any differences get in the way. Our nations realize the importance of working together, and that’s why we continue to overcome all challenges and obstacles along the way. We take our hat off to the brave soldiers who have died on both sides of the border. We greatly appreciate their sacrifices in our quest for peace, and encourage the regional partners to work together for the sake of achieving our peace objectives. We can also see the hard work paying off through the ANSF (Afghan Nation Security Forces) progress. The nation of Afghanistan should be proud of the fact that they are independently leading the securities responsibilities. We agree that certain challenges still remain, but we will continue to work closely with the regional partners to ensure a safe and secure future for Afghanistan. We reiterate what Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, said last month: “The United States and its allies are transitioning in Afghanistan… not leaving. The United States has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the future of Afghanistan. President Obama signed a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan. The United States committed to provide substantial financial support to the ANSF [Afghan National Security Forces] and development assistance to Afghanistan after 2014.”

Ali Khan DET, United States Central Command

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