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At least two killed in Afghanistan-Pakistan cross-border gunfight

AFP  |  Khost (Afghanistan) 

A cross-border gunfight between Afghan and Pakistani security forces today left at least two people dead, officials from both countries said, amid simmering tensions between the neighbours.

At least one Afghan civilian and two Pakistani security forces were killed in the clash, said Abdul Hanan Zadran, for Afghanistan's eastern province of

The bodies of the two Pakistanis were found on the Afghan side of the border near Pakistan's tribal belt, Zadran told AFP. Three civilians were also wounded, he added.

provincial governor spokesman confirmed the incident, but said two Afghan civilians and four Pakistani troops were killed.

Two Pakistani security forces were also detained on Afghan soil, he added.

Afghan officials often give conflicting casualty figures.

The said two members of its paramilitary were "carrying out routine surveillance" along the border when they were "fired upon from Afghanistan".

Two of them died and five others were wounded, it said in a statement, without confirming if the Pakistani security forces also opened fire.

"Pakistani troops are exercising maximum restraint so as to avoid any Afghan civilian casualties. Military engagement is under way to defuse situation," read the statement.

Earlier this month, accused of carrying out air strikes in its province, causing "massive property damage" -- charges vehemently denied. has long-accused of providing safe havens for the Afghan Taliban, which has been waging an insurgency in for more than 16 years.

rejects the accusation, countering that Islamist militants targeting Pakistani forces and civilians reside on the Afghan side of the border.

The issue of alleged safe havens remain a major source of tension between the two countries.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 20:25 IST