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By The Los Angeles Times
Monday, May 6, 2013, 9:57 p.m.

Kabul files protest withPakistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government summoned Pakistan's charge d'affaires in Kabul to the Foreign Ministry on Monday to file a “strong protest” over another clash along the countries' troubled border.

The skirmish, which broke out in the morning and lasted a couple of hours, underscored the deteriorating relations between the two countries at a time when U.S. officials are pressing them to step up efforts to reach a settlement with Taliban militants.

The Afghan Foreign Ministry accused Pakistan of an “unprovoked attack” against its troops in the Goshta district of Nangarhar province that involved both heavy and light weapons.

No Afghan casualties were reported in the firefight, which occurred in the same area where a clash last week killed an Afghan policeman.

A spokesman for the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, told The Associated Press that a Pakistani military post near the border came under fire from Afghanistan on Monday morning, injuring one of the Pakistani troops.

“That post has been under attack for some time now,” he was quoted as saying.

U.S. deaths

Meanwhile, the Department of Defense announced that five soldiers were killed by an IED on Saturday in Maiwand, Afghanistan:

• 1st Lt. Brandon J. Landrum, 26, of Oklahoma;

• Staff Sgt. Francis G. Phillips IV, 28, of New York;

• Spc. Kevin Cardoza, 19, of Texas;

• Spc. Thomas P. Murach, 22, of Idaho;

• Spc. Brandon J. Prescott, 24, of Bend, Ore.

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