QUETTA: A man was killed and six others were wounded in a clash at the Friendship Gate on the Pak-Afghan border near Chaman on Sunday between traders and security forces.
Sources suggested that the merchants who crossed the border with their goods on foot and some of the border officials exchanged heated words after the latter barred the former from crossing the border for some reasons.
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The protesting merchants gathered at the Friendship Gate and urged security forces to open the gate, they said. Upon rejection, the merchants began pelting the workers near the gate with stones and burned tyres. When a protesting merchant opened fire on the security forces, the incident turned violent.
The fire returned, leaving seven people wounded, including two teenagers.
Sources said the wounded were rushed to the district hospital of Chaman, where one of them died during therapy.
Though verifying the incident, Assistant Commissioner Zakaullah Durrani of Chaman said that four of the wounded had been taken to the Quetta Civil Hospital trauma centre.
Security was improved in the border town of Chaman after the incident.