Three soldiers killed after an assault on a military facility in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan.
Fighters in Afghanistan fired heavy weapons across the border at a Pakistani military post, killing three soldiers, according to the army.
A firefight broke out with the attackers in Pakistan’s rugged North Waziristan region and several were killed, a military statement said on Saturday.
It was unclear which of the many armed groups in Afghanistan was responsible for the attack.
The incident comes as Afghanistan is recovering from a series of explosions in recent days, including the bombing of a mosque in the northern province of Kunduz on Friday that killed 33 people, including several students from an adjacent religious school.
Another attack on Thursday at the Abdul Rahim Shaheed school in Kabul delicate seven children reopened on Saturday with students remembering their fallen classmates with roses.
The surprising increase in attacks in Afghanistan, as well as in neighboring Pakistan, highlights the growing security challenge facing Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers, who came to power last August in the last days of the chaotic withdrawal of US troops and of NATO that ended its 20-year war. .
An ISIL (ISIS) affiliate known as the Islamic State in Khorasn province, which has claimed responsibility for the recent wave of attacks in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan, is proving an insurmountable challenge.
The Islamic State in Khorasan province is not the only armed group in Afghanistan contributing to the security dilemma facing the Taliban government.
The Pakistani Taliban, known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which according to the United Nations has about 10,000 in Afghanistan, has intensified its assault on Pakistani military posts from its Afghan bases.
The Taliban promised that no armed group would use its soil as a base to attack another country, but Kabul has yet to arrest or hand over to Pakistan the TTP leaders in Afghanistan. Other groups also operating in Afghanistan include China’s Uighurs of East Turkistan Movement, which seeks independence from northwest China, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).
After seven of his troops were delicate In an ambush earlier this month, Pakistan retaliated with bombing raids inside Afghanistan that residents of the eastern Khost province say killed dozens of refugees.
The United Nations confirmed that 20 children were killed in the airstrikes in Afghanistan’s border provinces of Khost and Kunar.