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Skirmish between Afghan and Pakistani forces ends

Kabul, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) The recent fighting between Afghan border guards and Pakistani forces ceased without loss of life at the Spin Bolda-Chaman border crossing, local officials reported.

Taliban government officials in Afghanistan confirmed on Thursday a new skirmish with Pakistani forces at the border crossing, earlier in the day.

The commissioner of the border crossing, Boldak Noor al-Baqi Ahmad, told the Ariana News portal, that the fighting began on Thursday morning and ended this Friday, after talks between the two parties. Some people were injured in the clash, but no one was killed, he said.

Local forces said Pakistani troops opened fire on the Afghans, which had set up a checkpoint in the area.

This is the second incident of its kind in just four days; on Sunday at least seven people were killed in a clash between both sides in the same area.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban government, said in a tweet, that the issue should be solved through dialogue.

Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities said at least one person was killed and 20 others, including women and children, injured when Afghan forces fired mortar shells at civilians near the Chaman border crossing in the country’s southwest on Thursday.