File Photo: A Pakistani soldier keeps vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing along with Afghan's Paktika province border in Angoor Adda in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal agency on October 18, 2017. The Pakistan military vowed on October 18 a new border fence and hundreds of forts would help curb militancy, as it showcased efforts aimed at sealing the rugged border with Afghanistan long crossed at will by insurgents. / AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

PakAfghan border: 4 FC soldiers martyred in a terrorist attack

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Four Frontier Corps (FC) personnel martyred and six injured in a terrorist attack near the Pak-Afghan border on Wednesday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Terrorists ambushed the soldiers during a fencing activity at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the military’s media wing said.

The ISPR said that the troops were moving for fencing activity along the border in the Manzakai sector in Balochistan’s Zhob when “terrorists from Afghanistan ambushed” them.

FC troops responded to the attack promptly, it said.

The injured soldiers were evacuated to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Quetta, the ISPR added.

The martyred soldiers include Havaldar Noor Zaman, Sepoy Shakeel Abbas, Sepoy Ehsan Ullah, and Naik Sultan. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid condemned the attack, terming it “very saddening”.

“Terrorists cannot dampen the courage of Pakistan’s forces. Fencing work at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border will be completed under any condition,” he emphasized in a tweet.

Home Minister Balochistan, Mir Ziaullan Langove earlier said 83 percent of fencing work at the Pak-Afghan border completed currently. Mr. Langove chaired a high-level meeting with regard to the fencing of the Pak-Afghan border.

Legal movement increased after fencing of border 

“Legal movement of people increased after fencing of the border”, the minister said. He mentioned that the number of terrorist acts also decreased following the fencing of the border with the neighboring country. An increase in the legal movement has improved bilateral trade between the two countries, the minister stated.

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