Kandahar: Cross border tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been on the rise ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival.
Now the tension on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan led to violence at the western Pakistani border town of Chaman which started on Thursday and continued into Friday.
That prompted a cross border artillery attack by Pakistan, which killed at 15 civilians in Afghanistan and left 50 injured. The attack by Pakistani forces affected residential areas in the Spin Boldak district in the southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.
"The Afghan Army Chief of Staff General 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 Afghan Army Chief said in an interview, as quoted by TOLO News.
All the defense forces in Afghanistan have been commanded to stay alert and respond according to the situation against the Pakistani forces.
The artillery fire came after the several round clashes between the two nations' security forces at the Chaman-Spin Boldak border.
"If the Pakistani military continues its rocket attacks on Afghan territory, they will face retaliation by the Afgan army," the defence ministry of Afghanistan said on Thursday.