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Pakistan bombs Afghan border areas after attack on convoy, civilians dead

Earlier Friday, terrorists had targeted a Pakistani military convoy and killed seven soldiers.

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New Delhi: Pakistan jets bombed border areas of Afghanistan late on Friday night in retaliation to a terror attack on its convoy earlier in the day — that left seven soldiers dead.

According to reports, Afghan women and children were killed in the air strikes.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) – the media wing of the Pakistani armed forces – had said Friday afternoon that terrorists ambushed a military convoy in Khyber-Pakhtunwala’s North Waziristan disctict, near the Af-Pak border.

ISPR also said security forces initiated a “prompt response, and effectively engaged and killed four terrorists”.

However, later in the night, Pakistani jets carried out simultaneous strikes in north-eastern Kunar and south-eastern Khost provinces of Afghanistan – in remote areas of Chogam and Passa Mela.

Journalist Bashir Ahmad Gwakh said: “As #TTP (Pakistani Taliban) mounts its attacks, #Pakistan jet fighters bombarded Pasa Mela, Korrai & Mirsafar areas in Khost #Afghanistan. Locals say 8 members of one family believed to be from Waziristan were killed. Khost is home to 1000s of displaced Waziristanis. No word from Afg Taliban yet!”

Director General Operations & Head Consultant of Midstone Centre – an independent policy and advocacy centre — for International Affairs tweeted there had been several casualties in Friday night’s attack.

Pakistani journalist Salim Mehsud said, “Sources have so far confirmed the death of a woman and five children in Kunar.” He feared tension on the Af-Pak border may escalate further.

Prominent Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwari also spoke of casualities on the micro-blogging site.

Pakistani media said the bombings targeted Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) members in Khost and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan. The TTP is a militant organisation that operates under the umbrella of the Pakistani Taliban.

TTP has released a statement confirming the Pakistani strikes in Afghanistan. The group said the bombs hit migrant camps inhabited by those who had fled from Pakistan’s tribal areas.

BBC Afghanistan also confirmed the attacks on civilians in a tweet:

The governments of the two countries are yet to comment on Friday’s bombings.


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