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Over 20,000 cross reopened Pakistani-Afghan border


              Families enter the Afghan side of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border point in Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March ...

              Families wait to cross the Afghanistan-Pakistan border point in Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Th...

              Families cross into the Afghan side of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border point in Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, M...

              Border police soldiers guard in Afghanistan-Pakistan border point in Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 7, 201...

              Afghans wait to enter Afghanistan at Pakistan's Torkham border post, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Thousands of Afghans gathered at the Pakis...

              Vehicles carrying Afghan nationals, travel through Pakistan's famous Khyber Pass en route to neighboring Afghanistan in Pakistan, Tuesd...

              Pakistani security personnel check Afghan nationals as they prepare to leave to Afghanistan, at Pakistan's Torkham border, Tuesday, Mar...

              Afghanistan nationals wait to cross the Torkham border post in Pakistan en route to Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Thousands of A...

              Afghan nationals prepare to cross the Torkham border post in Pakistan en route to Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Thousands of Afg...

              Pakistani security personnel check Afghan nationals as they prepare to leave to Afghanistan, at Pakistan's Torkham border, Tuesday, Mar...

Families enter the Afghan side of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border point in Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March ...

Families wait to cross the Afghanistan-Pakistan border point in Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Th...

Families cross into the Afghan side of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border point in Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, M...

Border police soldiers guard in Afghanistan-Pakistan border point in Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 7, 201...

Afghans wait to enter Afghanistan at Pakistan's Torkham border post, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Thousands of Afghans gathered at the Pakis...

Vehicles carrying Afghan nationals, travel through Pakistan's famous Khyber Pass en route to neighboring Afghanistan in Pakistan, Tuesd...

Pakistani security personnel check Afghan nationals as they prepare to leave to Afghanistan, at Pakistan's Torkham border, Tuesday, Mar...

Afghanistan nationals wait to cross the Torkham border post in Pakistan en route to Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Thousands of A...

Afghan nationals prepare to cross the Torkham border post in Pakistan en route to Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Thousands of Afg...

Pakistani security personnel check Afghan nationals as they prepare to leave to Afghanistan, at Pakistan's Torkham border, Tuesday, Mar...

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Officials say over 20,000 Afghans and Pakistanis have crossed the border since Pakistan temporarily reopened two main crossings that had been closed after a string of militant attacks.

Fayyaz Khan, a Pakistani official at the Torkham crossing, says thousands more are hoping to cross Wednesday, before the two-day opening is set to end.

Pakistan closed the Torkham and Chaman crossings last month after a wave of suicide bombings killed more than 125 people. Pakistan said the attacks were launched by militants in Afghanistan, allegations denied by Afghan officials.

The two countries have long accused each other of failing to combat extremists who operate along their porous frontier.


Updated : 2021-04-23 23:40 GMT+08:00