Two killed in blast near Pakistan-Afghanistan border

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Pakistan to tighten border for Afghan elections


Islamabad:
At least two people were killed and 13 injured in a powerful explosion near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, police said. The blast ripped through a private bank in the Vash Mandi area on the Afghan side of the border. Militants had planted an improvised explosive device (IED) in a motorcycle parked outside the bank.
“The IED went off when a vehicle of Afghan police approached the bank,” an officer said. The impact of the blast damaged a portion of the bank, nearby shops and smashed the glasses of vehicles parked nearby.

Islamabad: Pakistan will increase security along its border with Afghanistan as its neighbour heads into presidential elections that Taliban militants have vowed to disrupt. Deadly violence has surged in Afghanistan in the run-up to the election. Afghan officials have hinted at Pakistani involvement in recent attacks, a suggestion vehemently denied by Islamabad. “Pakistan will beef up security along the border during the elections,” Tasnim Aslam, spokeswoman of Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.