Srinagar: At least seven people were killed as Afghan border forces opened fire on security personnel guarding a census team in Balochistan’s Chaman areaearly Friday, Dawn reported on Friday.
District Police Office Killa Abdullah Sajid Mohmand told Dawn that 22 people were also injured due to firing from the Afghan side. All the dead and injured belong to Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir areas of Chaman, the report added.
“Five seriously wounded people were sent to Quetta for medical treatment,” Medical Superintendent of Chaman Civil Hospital Dr Akhtar was quoted by the report as saying.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had earlier released a statement saying Afghan Border Police opened fire on Frontier Corps (FC) personnel detailed for the security of a census team in Chaman, leaving one person dead and 18 injured, the report said, adding that the death toll has subsequently risen to seven.
Four FC Balochistan men are among those injured, the report added.
“Since 30th April, Afghan Border Police had been creating hurdles in [the] conduct of census in divided villages of Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir in Chaman area, on Pakistani side of the border,” the military’s media wing was quoted by the report as saying.
“The Afghan border guards’ firing comes despite the fact that Afghan authorities had been informed in advance about the census exercise in Pakistan and coordination was carried out through diplomatic and military channels,” the report quoted an ISPR statement as saying.
But Samim Khpalwak, spokesman for the governor of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, said the Pakistani officials had strayed on to the Afghan side of the border and were attempting to count people living there, the report said.
“So far in the fighting, we have one Afghan civilian killed and three border police forces wounded,” AFP quoted the Afghan spokesman as saying, adding that the scuffle was still going on, with “dozens” of Afghan security forces rushing to the scene.