On Friday, 22 civilians were killed by border guards on the border of Afghanistan with Pakistan. This happened when a crowd of people tried to cross the border on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha (Eid al-Adha (Eid al-Adha), according to Reuters.
The governor of Afghanistan's southeastern Kandahar province, Hayatullah Hayat, claims the Pakistani side opened fire at houses in the border town of Spin Boldak. Clashes between security forces of both countries killed 15 Afghans, including women and children, and injured many.
The Pakistani side announced the death of seven people. 31 people were taken to hospital with bullet wounds.
According to a senior official in the Pakistani border town of Chaman, violence erupted when crowds waiting to cross the border into Afghanistan got out of control and attacked Pakistani targets. People were angry that the border checkpoint did not open on time.
"If the Pakistani military continues to fire rocket attacks on Afghan territory, they will face a retaliatory strike from the Afghan army," Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement.
However, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said Afghan forces were the first to open fire on the crowd.
"Pakistani troops reacted to protect our local population and only acted in self-defense," a Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
However, eyewitnesses told the news agency that it was the Pakistani security forces that started the conflict.
On Wednesday, the border between the two countries, closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was briefly opened for crossing to allow citizens of both countries to return home on the Muslim holiday of Kurban Bayram.
People on both sides, with close family and tribal ties, have moved freely across the border for decades. But security and controls have tightened recently as both countries have accused each other of providing safe havens to extremists.