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Afghans Demonstrate Against Pakistan Border Attacks

An Afghan elderly man shouts anti-Pakistan slogans during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 2, 2011
An Afghan elderly man shouts anti-Pakistan slogans during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 2, 2011

Hundreds of Afghans demonstrated in Kabul Saturday to protest what Afghanistan says are Pakistan cross-border rocket attacks that have killed dozens of people.

The demonstrators shouted "Death to Pakistan," as they protested the killing of 36 people, including children, in recent weeks.

On Monday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with Pakistani army chief General Ashfaq Kayani in Kabul to demand an end to the rocket attacks.

Pakistani army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said Monday that the military has not intentionally fired any rounds into Afghan territory, but that a few accidental rounds may have crossed the border as security forces targeted fleeing militants.  General Kayani reportedly told Mr. Karzai that the matter will be investigated.

Abbas also said there have been five attacks by militants from Afghanistan on Pakistani posts over the past month. He said the cross-border attacks have killed 55 paramilitary soldiers and wounded 80 in Pakistan's northwest tribal region.

Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have long been strained over accusations that each side is not doing enough to curb the flow of militants in the porous border region.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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