Cross-border militant attacks kill four soldiers in Bajaur

Cross-border militant attacks kill four soldiers in Bajaur

6-1-2014_30663_l_TAt least four soldiers were killed and four others were injured Wednesday when militants from the Afghan side of the border attacked a military post in Bajaur tribal region, military officials said.

The military’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), confirmed that the attack took place on Manozangal and Moukha top check posts and was repulsed by security forces.

“In Bajaur region during the early morning on Wednesday, terrorists from across the border fired on Pakistani border posts,” said a military source. “Four soldiers were martyred and four are injured.Sources said this was the third cross-border attack by militants since May 25.

Moreover, intelligence sources suspect that Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah-led militants based in Kunar and Nuristan along with factions based in Bajaur and Mohmand tribal areas may be involved in the cross-border attacks along with what they described as foreign elements.

Soon after the attack, the Pakistani foreign office condemned the attack and said it had raised the issue with the Afghan government in Kabul and with the country’s embassy in Islamabad.

“This matter has been raised with the Afghan government in Kabul and with their Embassy in Islamabad,” said a statement from the foreign office. “Afghanistan must take concrete steps to stop the use of its territory against Pakistan.”

Bajaur Agency sits directly across Afghanistan’s Kunar province where a large number of suspected militants who had fled operations in Swat and Bajaur have been living for the last few years. These people have in the past launched similar cross-border attacks.

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