At least nine civilians were killed and 50 others were wounded in Pakistani forces artillery attacks on “residential areas” in Spin Boldak district, Kandahar province, on Thursday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said.
The Afghan Army’s Chief of Staff Gen. Yasin Zia directed all Army corps, including Atal 205, Selab 201 and Thunder 203 to get ready for similar actions against Pakistani forces and to equip Afghan troops who are stationed along the Durand Line, the statement said.
The Afghan Air Force and the special forces were ordered to stay alert for similar actions against Pakistani forces, the statement added.
Artillery attacks by Pakistani forces on the eastern and southern parts of Afghanistan have occured for many years. The Pakistani government has denied these attacks.