QUETTA- The Iranian border forces fired six mortar shells at Pakistan's bordering town of Mashkail today early morning.

According to security sources, there was no loss of life in the shelling. The Frontier Corps (FC) swiftly retaliated and fired mortar shells in response, bringing the firing from the Iranian side to an end. "Mortar shells fired by Iranian border personnel landed 3,000 meters inside Pakistani territory," sources said.

Panic prevailed in the area owing to loud explosions that rocked the Pakistani town. More troops were called to Mashkail and surrounding areas to effectively man the border. The incident comes a week after Iranian border guards attacked and killed an FC soldier and injured another three in Pakistan's Mand area. Similarly, 30 Iranian border guards stormed inside Pakistani territory and took the residents of Nokundai, another Pakistani border town, hostage.

Recent incidents prompted the two countries to hold a joint meeting in Tehran with Inspector General Frontier Corps Major General Ejaz Shahid and Iranian guards Chief General Qasim Razai agreeing to boost intelligence cooperation with respect to the porous border.