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Pakistan hands over list of 76 terrorists hiding in Afghanistan

Xinhua, February 17, 2017 Adjust font size:

Pakistan army said Friday that a list of 76 terrorists who are hiding in Afghanistan has been handed over to Afghan embassy officials.

The development comes following a series of recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan which have killed over 100 people and injured many more.

On Thursday, a bomber killed over 70 people and injured nearly 300 at a shrine in southern Sindh province.

Pakistani security officials believed that the Pakistani militant groups now operate from Afghanistan border region and routinely launch attacks from there.

The army said on Friday that terrorists attacked a Pakistani border post in Khyber Agency from Afghanistan side Friday morning and injured two soldiers.

"Pakistani forces effectively responded. There are reports of few Terrorists killed in exchange of fire," statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations said.

"Afghan embassy officials called in GHQ (General Headquarters) and list of 76 terrorists hiding in Afghanistan," the army said.

"The Afghan officials were asked to take immediate action and handover the terrorists to Pakistan," the army spokesman, Major General Abdul Ghafoor said.

Earlier Pakistan closed its border with Afghanistan hours after the suicide bombing in southern Sindh province late Thursday, the military has said.

Pakistan closed the border at Torkham, the busiest crossing, after a series of terrorist attacks in the country as security officials believed the bombers enter the country from Afghanistan.

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said in a statement late Friday that recent terror attacks are being executed on directions of hostile powers and from sanctuaries in Afghanistan.

Pakistan and Afghanistan share a border of about 2,600 km, mostly porous, and the military seeks cooperation of the Afghan government to closely monitor the illegal cross-border movement. Endit