At least two civilians were killed after clashes broke out on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Thursday, July 30. The incident occurred at the border between Spin Boldak (Kandahar province)-Chaman (Balochistan province). Hundreds of protesters had reportedly gathered to stage a demonstration on the Afghanistan side against the sudden closure of the border. The border had been meant to open for two days from Wednesday, July 29, to allow people to cross the border for the Eid al-Adha holiday, but was suddenly closed again on Thursday. The demonstrators forcibly removed barricades and attempted to cross the border. Pakistani forces opened fire on the protesters and least two civilians were killed and 21 others wounded, including Afghan soldiers. Afghan forces reportedly exchanged fire with Pakistani forces during the unrest, with reports of cross-border shelling. Local sources indicate the clashes were ongoing as of Thursday evening.
Further clashes are likely in the area in the immediate term.
Individuals in Spin Boldak and surrounding areas are advised to monitor developments, avoid the border area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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