Reports: Afghan forces kill seven Pakistani tribesmen
Afghan troops allegedly shot dead at least seven Pakistani tribesmen overnight near the ill-defined border between the two countries, media reports said Friday.
Those killed were described as members of the Shamsozai tribe from the Spina Teezha area, located about 50 kilometres from the western Pakistani town of Chaman, DPA reported.
The men had gone into the Afghan border region Thursday to collect firewood and were returning when a group of Afghan soldiers intercepted them, the Geo News television channel said, citing tribal chief Haji Naimat Khan.
Khan accused local Afghan military officer Mohammad Aiwaz of killing the seven Pakistanis, supposedly over a long-running tribal feud.
The news channel Aaj reported that Afghan military commander Abdul Razzaq had ordered his forces to arrest Aiwaz.
Shamsozai tribesmen brought the bodies back to Pakistan after staging a protest in the Afghan town of Spin Boldak.
Ethnic Pashtun tribes straddling the poorly marked Afghan border frequently travel across it to visit relatives and for trade.