An Afghan border policeman was killed and five others wounded on Tuesday during the ongoing clash erupted after Pakistan forces attacked Afghan police checkpoints in eastern Kunar province. Afghan officials said.
The recent attacks on the police checkpoints was started at 4am in a bordering area of Binshai of Dangam district, the commander of 1st border police zone, Col. Mohammad Ayub Husainkhel, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Afghanistan's interior ministry said Afghan border police and Pakistani security forces traded artillery fire in eastern Kunar province's Dangam district on the frontline between the two countries, but there were no casualties. "One of our border posts came under fire this morning from across the border. Our border police returned fire and the clash lasted for more than two hours," Najeeb Nikzad, an interior ministry spokesman, told AFP.
"No one has been hurt on our side and there are no reports of casualties on the other side either," he added. He said Pakistani forces fired about 50 rounds -- 20 artillery and 27 mortar shells.
The commander of 1st border police zone, Col. Mohammad Ayub Husainkhel said that dozens of security personnel have reached to the area for support and fighting with the Pakistani attackers with high moral, adding about 60 youths of the area also joined security personnel who fighting against Pakistani forces.
Nearly 50 tribal elders gathered at the district headquarters, waiting for the decision of the government and wants to send more youths to the scene, he said.
Currently, there was no need for local armed men, because there were enough border police who can fight with enemy, he added.
The people are ready to send hundreds of youths to response attacks of Pakistani soldiers, a tribal elder, Bazir Gul, said.
Dangam district chief Hamesh Gulab Shinwari said that the challenge is lack of weapons and ammunition for equipping local people who want to support the security personnel.
The incident comes amid growing border tension between the neighbors, with Kabul alleging that Pakistani security forces have fired hundreds of rounds into Afghanistan in recent months.
Pakistani officials were not immediately available for comment but Islamabad has rejected similar allegations in recent past, saying Pakistani troops only respond to attacks from militants.
Afghanistan's parliament earlier this month dismissed the country's defence and interior ministers over alleged security failures, including the shelling of Afghan soil from Pakistan.
NATO's military force in Afghanistan last month condemned cross-border shelling from Pakistan, after Kabul warned that it could significantly harm relations between the strife-torn neighbours.