World Bulletin / News Desk
Pakistan has condemned the killing of two of its soldiers on Wednesday, in attacks launched by militants hiding on the Afghan side of the two countries' shared border.
Foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said in a press release that the matter had been raised with the Afghan government and with the Afghan embassy in Islamabad.
“It has been emphasized that Afghanistan must take concrete steps to stop the use of its territory against Pakistan,” she said. “Early in the morning today, two Pakistani border posts -- Manozangal and Moukha tops in Bajaur Agency -- were attacked by terrorists from across Afghanistan. As a result of this unprovoked firing, two Pakistani soldiers were martyred and three others, including one officer, were injured. It is the third incident of cross-border attack in the last 10 days.”
Security officials blamed the attack on militants loyal to Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah who are reportedly based in the Kunar and Nuristan provinces on the Afghan side of the border.
In a separate attack on Wednesday, a suicide bomber attacked a military vehicle 40 kilometers from Islamabad killing five people, including two army colonels. It was the first suicide attack on security forces since the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan militant network ended peace talks with the government in April.
The head of police in Rawalpindi, a garrison city adjoining Islamabad, Akhtar Hayat Lalika, told reporters that a vehicle carrying senior army officers was struck by a suicide bomber, who was waiting along the main highway for the vehicle to pass by.
Pakistan military's mouthpiece, Inter Services Public Relations, said three civilians were also killed in the attack.Last Mod: 04 Haziran 2014, 13:19