Firing from Afghanistan Killed 7 FC Soldiers on Pak Afghan Border
WANA: Firing from Afghanistan into Pakistan on Tuesday killed at least seven soldiers of paramilitary Frontier Constabulary (FC) near border town in the mountainous South Waziristan region, according to Inter Services Public Relations.
"Heavy fire from across Pak Afghan border early morning today on a FC check post northeast of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan. Resultantly seven FC soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom)," the military said in a statement.
A military official who declined to be identified said Afghan-based militants were responsible.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has tried to improve ties with his nuclear-armed neighbour to the east since coming to power last year. Ghani says the two sides must work together to defeat militants who threaten both countries.
Ghani's overtures appeared to yield fruit in July when Pakistan hosted the first official peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
But the talks were suspended after news of the death of the Taliban's founder Mullah Mohammed Omar leaked. A wave of Taliban attacks in Kabul then strained relations with Pakistan.
Afghan and Pakistan officials have long accused each other of tolerating Taliban militants seeking shelter on neighboring territories and even of supporting them, an accusation both deny.
Pakistan says the leadership of the Pakistani Taliban - a group loosely allied with the Afghan Taliban but fighting to topple Pakistan's government - is based in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan recently accused Pakistan of not doing enough to arrest Afghan Taliban leaders meeting to decide on a successor to Omar. Afghan officials say the Taliban are meeting semi-openly in Pakistan.
Pakistan says such meetings are held in Afghanistan.
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