Friday, September 08, 2006
Pakistan seizes weapons at border with AfghanistanCHAMAN, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistani authorities said they had seized a cache of arms and ammunition being smuggled into the country from Afghanistan after an exchange of fire on the volatile southwestern border.
The unknown smugglers left their vehicle loaded with weaponary after exchanging fire with Pakistani forces deployed at Chaman, a town bordering Afghanistan's Kandahar province, late Thursday, an official of the paramilitary force said on Friday.
The official, who declined to identified, said the action was taken following an intelligence tip-off that arms and ammunition were being smuggled into southwestern Baluchistan province for sabotage activities.
The cache included six RPG rocket launchers and an anti-tank mine as well as mortar bombs, hand grenades and a machine gun.
Pakistani officials have claimed that arms are being smuggled from Afghanistan into the restive region to support a tribal insurgency in Baluchistan which has claimed hundreds of lives in the past two years.
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Category: Pakistan and India.