Thousands of people usually cross the border every day, including traders, Afghans seeking medical treatment in Pakistan as well as those visiting relatives.
Security personnel of the neighbouring countries started exchanging fire in a dispute over the setting up of a military check post in a border area that divides Chaman and Spin Boldak districts.
The insurgent group controls the southeastern Spin Boldak border crossing with Pakistan that plays a significant role in Afghanistan’s imports.
Spy agency NDS detains four journalists on propaganda charges after they returned from contested area of Spin Boldak in southern Kandahar province, where authorities accuse Taliban of killing civilians – charges insurgents deny.
Pakistan's military said it had granted asylum to at least 46 Afghan soldiers who crossed the Durand Line into northwestern Pakistan after their military posts in Afghanistan were overrun by Taliban insurgents.
Clashes between the Taliban and government forces have intensified as US and NATO forces leave the country. The Taliban have encircled several provincial capitals, and captured several districts and border crossings in the north and west.
Residents of southern Spin Boldak town report heavy fighting between Taliban, which controls the area, and government forces who want to retake key border crossing with Pakistan.
Heavy rains struck Kandahar city and six districts on Friday, engulfing up to 2,000 homes and sweeping away cars, the UN agency coordinating relief efforts says.
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