KHAR: One person lost his life, while a girl sustained injuries when a mortar shell fired from Afghan side landed in Salarzai tehsil of Bajaur tribal district on Wednesday.

The local administration said the mortar shell was fired from Kunar province of Afghanistan which landed in a populated area in Gardao village, situated near the border. Police said a mortar shell landed on a house which killed a local person, Bakhtullah, while an eight-year-old girl, Rashida Bibi, was injured.

Several cattle were also killed in the blast of mortar shell.

The incident created an atmosphere of panic in the area. The local Tarkhani and Utmankhel tribes of Bajaur strongly condemned mortar attack in the area and demanded the Afghan government to make sure that its land is not used against Pakistan in future.

It was not clear whether the mortar shell was fired by militants or the Afghan security forces. No one claimed responsibility for the incident.

Such incidents have also happened in Bajaur and other tribal districts bordering Afghanistan in the past which claimed several lives. The Pakistan government raises the issue with Afghan officials from time to time and urge them to ensure no use of their land for any subversive act in Pakistan. The Pakistan government is also erecting a long fence on the Pak-Afghan border to stop cross border attacks. The fencing of the border proved fruitful as such attacks have reduced considerably.

The mortar attack in Bajaur happened six days after one person died, while his brother was injured in a blast in Bajaur.

Local sources said the blast happened in Hilalkhel area of Charmang in Nawagai tehsil. One person, identified as Zakirullah died in the blast, while his brother Saeedullah was injured. The body and the injured were shifted to hospital. No one claimed responsibility for the blast.

On May 18, a soldier was martyred and three others sustained injuries in a bomb blast in Mir Ali sub-division of North Waziristan tribal district.

Official sources said a patrolling party of the security forces was targeted with a bomb near Eidak village in which one security personnel was martyred, while three others were injured.



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