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Taliban attack Pakistan after several killed in Pakistani air strikes on Afghanistan

File photo of Taliban’s fighters in Afghanistan

The Taliban have carried out a border attack against Pakistan after air strikes by Pakistan killed at least eight people, all women and children, in border regions of Afghanistan.

On Monday, the Taliban’s ministry of defense said its forces had targeted Pakistani military centers along the border areas.

Earlier, Zabihullah Mujahid had said in a statement that at "around 3:00 a.m. (22:30 GMT Sunday), Pakistani aircraft bombarded civilian homes" in Khost and Paktika Provinces near the border with Pakistan.

The Taliban government "strongly condemns these attacks and calls this reckless action a violation of and an attack on Afghanistan's sovereignty," Mujahid added.

"Such incidents can have very bad consequences, which will be out [of] Pakistan's control," he noted.

Pakistan’s air strikes came a day after seven Pakistani troops were killed in an attack inside Pakistani territory, for which the country's President Asif Ali Zardari vowed retaliation without blaming either Afghanistan or the the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group.

"Islamabad has decided that whoever will enter our borders, homes or country and commit terror, we will respond to them strongly, regardless of who it is or from which country," he said while attending the funeral prayers of the soldiers, which included a lieutenant colonel.

Pakistan provided refuge for the Taliban leadership between 2001, when the group was ousted in a United States-led invasion of Afghanistan, and 2021, when it seized Afghanistan’s control.

Border tensions between the countries have, however, risen since the Taliban came to power.

Pakistan says the Taliban’s rise to power has been followed by a surge in armed attacks in the former’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan Provinces.

Most such attacks are claimed by the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group. They are a separate militant group but an ally of the Afghan Taliban.

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