Iran fires eight mortar shells into Pakistan

Islamabad, Oct 17 (IANS) The Iranian border guards on Saturday fired eight mortar shells into Pakistani territory, media reported citing security sources.

A security official told Dawn on condition of anonymity that Iranian forces fired at least eight mortar shells that landed in a village in Panjgur district of Balochistan.

The security official added that no loss of life or damage to civilian structures was reported as a result of the shelling.

The Pakistani law enforcement agencies reached the spot and security was tightened following the border violation by Iranian border forces.

Last year in October, Iranian border guards fired six mortar shells at a Pakistani border town of Mashkail, while a more recent incident occurred in July this year when at least four mortar shells were fired towards Panjgur district.

Pakistan has accused Iranian forces of violating its territorial integrity and has lodged protests with Iran in this regard several times in the last few years.

Pakistan shares a 900-km long porous border with Iran and the two countries last year decided to boost intelligence coordination to wipe out terrorists from the border region.

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