Afghanistan's Defense Ministry mentioned that Pakistan fired rockets at Spinboldak on Thursday, killing 9 individuals and injuring 50 others.
The protesters complained that the Pakistani officials refused to open the border. In retaliation, the Pakistanis fired shells into the Afghanistan territory, hitting Afghan homes. Let me tell you that Afghanistan has many times accused Pakistan of being involved in terrorist activities.
Pakistan and Afghanistan are both USA allies but their relations have rarely been close.
Pakistan denies the claims and says it wants to foster "fraternal" relations with its Islamic neighbour.More news: South Africa's Grace withdraws from PGA event with COVID-19
A United Nations report earlier this month said up to 6,500 Pakistani militants, a lot of them belonging to the TTP, are hiding in Afghanistan, maintaining links to the ISIS affiliate there and posing a threat to both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Foreign Office clarified that Pakistan's security forces "responded to protect our local population and acted only in self-defence".
According to police, the protesters, backed by the Pashtun Protection Movement, known for its criticism of the Pakistani army, stormed a border checkpoint.
However, protesters told Reuters by phone that the Pakistani security forces had opened fire on the crowd first.More news: Todd holds 54-hole lead at WGC
Hundreds of protesters belonging to the All Parties Traders Union had been staging a demonstration at the Friendship Gate in Chaman against the border's closure for the past two months.
Cross-border artillery fire by Pakistan killed at least 15 civilians in Afghanistan on Thursday, Afghan officials said, prompting Kabul to put its ground and air forces on alert.
Afghan authorities had claimed that 15 people were killed in Spin Boldak due to the shelling. The border crossing was reopened on Wednesday to allow people from both sides to travel to their native areas to celebrate Eid.
He said on Twitter the security forces targeted innocent civilians at Chaman.More news: England had Europe's highest extra deaths in pandemic