Pakistani and Iranian border guards exchange fire

ISLAMABAD – Rockets and mortar were exchanged between border guards at Pakistan and Iran's shared border on Monday, Pakistani officials said. 

Pakistan claimed they were responding to Iranian border guards propelling rockets into Pakistani territory.

“Iranian border guards fired 24 rockets, which fell 2 kilometers west of a security post,” said Khan Waseh, a spokesperson for the Frontier Constabulary paramilitary that handles security and border affairs in southwestern Baluchistan province.

Tensions have already been running high between the two neighboring Muslim states because of sectarian attacks on Shia Muslims in Pakistan.

Thirty Shia pilgrims were killed in twin suicide attacks in Taftan town near the border on Sunday night.

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