NORTH WAZIRISTAN - At least two people were killed and three others sustained injuries when mortar shells fired from Afghanistan hit a border village in North Waziristan Agency on Tuesday.
Some six shells fired from the eastern Afghan province of Khost landed in Bange Dar village in Tehsil Ghulam Khan in North Waziristan Agency.
Two people were killed and three others got injuries after it hit a house three kilometers from the border inside Pakistan. It has been learnt that all the victims belonged to same family.
Officials in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan, confirmed that mortars were fired from Afghan province. However, they were unable to confirm casualties. They said the area was in close proximity to the border. They said these mortars were probably fired from the Tarkhobi Checkpost in Khost. In the past, similar attacks have been launched from Afghan side which resulted in casualties.
Firing incidents across the border are not uncommon and have added to long-running tensions between Kabul and Pakistan, which last week released a senior Taliban commander as part of attempts to restart Afghan peace efforts.
Pakistan and Afghanistan share a disputed, porous and unmarked 2,400-kilometre border, and have tricky diplomatic relations, accusing each other previously of cross-border violations and sending gunmen to create unrest.
Pakistan has been a frontline in the US-led war on terror in Afghanistan to eliminate Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants from the war-torn country.