Wed, 28 Oct 2020

ISLAMABAD, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- A Pakistani soldier was killed in firing from across the Afghan border, the Pakistani military said on Tuesday.

An army statement said that the firing from the Afghan side of the bilateral border on a security forces' post in Bajaur tribal district in Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province late Monday night killed one soldier.

"Pakistan has been consistently raising the issue for border management on the other side to avoid use of Afghanistan soil against Pakistan," the statement from the army's media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations said.

The outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to local media.

Pakistani security officials have long been saying that militants have crossed border into Afghanistan as a result of major operations in the country's tribal regions. The militants routinely attack the border posts from the Afghan side.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have a nearly 2,600-km border, mostly porous. Pakistan is fencing the border with Afghanistan to block the movement of the militants.

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