ISLAMABAD - A Frontier Corps (FC) soldier was killed as Pakistani security forces on Friday foiled another militant attack on a checkpost at the Pak-Afghan border.

According to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), militants from across the border opened fire on the security forces in Kaghi Pass area of Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency, killing one FC soldier.  The ISPR has confirmed that the Pakistani forces also returned the fire. However, the casualty figure on the militants’ side could not be confirmed. This is the second incident of cross-border attacks in the last few days.

Military sources were quoted as saying that six attackers were killed and nine wounded during a cross-border militant assault on Tuesday night near a post between Tripaman and Inkal Sar in Lower Dir district, close to the border in the country’s restive northwest.

Cross firing on the Pak-Afghan border has become a major issue between the two countries. The issue has already been taken up by the civil and military leadership.

Pakistani leader Mehmood Khan Achakzai had visited Afghanistan and Afghan National Security Adviser Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta also visited Pakistan.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif contacted the Afghan president by phone and sought Kabul’s cooperation to tighten security along the border in order to stop militants from fleeing and entering Afghanistan.

Previously, in two attacks in May one soldier was killed while 19 terrorist were killed. On May 31, at least 14 militants were killed when Pakistani border guards repelled a cross-border attack on a military post in the Warra Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency. One border guard was killed and two others were critically wounded in the attack, an official of the security forces said, adding the number of attackers was more than 200.

On May 25, five Frontier Corps soldiers were wounded in an attack on a checkpost.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Friday lodged a strong protest with the charge d’ Affaires of Afghanistan over the fresh cross-border attack by terrorists. The Foreign Office condemned the incident and asked the charge d’ affaires that the Afghan authorities must take concrete action to stop cross-border fire and attacks by the terrorists operating from the Afghan territory.