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11 December 2017 Last updated 7 minutes ago

Balochistan: Blast at Pak-Afghan border in Chaman

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  • Last modified onMonday, 18 September 2017 19:47

An explosion took place at the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman, Balochistan, on Monday, Levies sources told source. Casualties are feared, and initial reports suggest there are some wounded in the blast, which occurred near the Friendship Gate border crossing, the sources said.

The nature of the blast is not known at this time. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet. In the recent past, militants have carried out low-intensity bombings in Chaman, targeting police stations and other national installations.

Chaman is considered a sensitive town in Balochistan as it shares a border with Afghanistan's volatile Kandahar province.

Last week, Pakistani and Afghan officials had, in a meeting in Kabul, agreed to formulate an action plan seeking to improve security along the Pak-Afghan border through enhanced cooperation. However, a day after the meeting, at least six Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel and a child were injured in two consecutive explosions at the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham.

The same day, a United States (US) drone strike killed three suspected militants in Kurram Agency near the shared border with Afghanistan.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have shared a tense relationship as of late, with both sides accusing each other of housing terrorists.

The latest violence at the Pak-Afghan border comes after the US announced a new Afghanistan and South Asia policy, taking a harder line on Pakistan as it urged Islamabad to take stronger action against 'safe havens' in the country.

Pakistan has denied allowing terrorists to use its soil against any other country. Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Defence Day said that Pakistan is ready to help the US and Nato for peace in Afghanistan, but Pakistan’s security concerns must also be addressed.

This is a developing story