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Clashes on Pakistan-Afghanistan border kill eight

Eight people, including two soldiers, have been killed in a raid on a Pakistani

military border post in the Khyber tribal area, according to the Pakistan military. The raid was launched from Afghan territory on Friday and resulted in the killing of six attackers and two Pakistani soldiers. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued via email to media, claiming it had attacked three border posts, capturing one. "One of the Pakistani forces' posts was defeated by the mujahideen and set on fire," said Asad Mansoor, spokesman for the group. Pakistan shares a largely unpatrolled 2,500km-long mountainous border with Afghanistan, which the latter disputes. Afghanistan rejects the colonial-era Durand Line border drawn up in 1893 and does not want a solid recognition of the boundary. In a second incident in the Khyber tribal area on Friday, a military operation in Rajgal valley killed "several" fighters, according to the Pakistani military media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). An ISPR statement said troops acted on a tip-off on the presence of the leader of banned armed group, Lashkar-e-Islam, in the area.