The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said on Monday that hundreds of families have been displaced from their homes after Pakistani border troops fired rockets and artillery rounds targeting terrorist groups that have been targeting the country.
Kate O’Rourke, NRC’s country director in Afghanistan, said civilians had unintentional been caught up in the cross-border firing between the Pakistani military and terrorist groups operating in the border region who attack Pakistan.
“Whether indiscriminate or specifically targeted, such attacks forcibly displace civilians, violating international humanitarian law, and must stop,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar Province said Afghan special forces have been deployed to the border region to stop any Pakistani raids that have targeted terrorist groups.
“If they continue their attacks we will respond in kind,” Khogyani said.
In the capital of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province, Asadabad, hundreds of locals have gathered to protest against the Pakistani raids and artillery fire in their region.
This comes as on Friday and Saturday, Pakistani forces conducted artillery attacks that devastated terrorist camps, which came as a response after an explosion killed scores of people in Pakistan’s Sindh province.