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Afghan, Pakistani forces clash near border, 2 killed

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Armed tribesmen arriving to Pak Afghan border to join security personnel

It said the paramilitaries showed "maximum restraint" to avoid civilian casualties, and that "military engagement" is underway to defuse the situation.

Local administration told media that the attack was carried out from the Khost province of Afghanistan at the personnel deployed at a post in Laka Tika area of Kurram Agency.

Pakistan Army said at least two soldiers were killed and five others injured in firing in Kurram tribal region from the Afghan side.

Clashes are frequent in the area as Afghanistan doesn't recognize the 2,400-kilometer Durand Line (drawn by Britain in 1896) as its global border with Pakistan.

Col. Abdul Hanan, the acting provincial police chief in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province, said the fighting broke out after Pakistani forces crossed into Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan authorities have opposed the plans of fencing the Afghan frontier by Pakistan as the latter dispute the demarcation made during the British era. He added that local villagers and the Afghan Border Police retaliated with gunfire.

Clashes are still underway, he said. Three civilians were also wounded, he added.

He said the Afghan security forces have bodies of three Pakistani troops in custody and those would be handed over to Islamabad in accordance with the state-to-state and worldwide protocols.

Earlier this month, Afghanistan accused Pakistan of carrying out air strikes in its Kunar province, causing "massive property damage" - charges Islamabad vehemently denied. Afghanistan, in turn, accuses Islamabad of sheltering the leadership of the Afghan Taliban militants who are battling the Western-backed government in Kabul. Pakistan and Afghanistan share almost 2,600-kilometer, mostly porous, border and both sides routinely accuse each other of initiating cross-border skirmishes.

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