Torkham border crossing closed, residents report gunfire


The main border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan was closed on Monday, officials from the two sides said, and residents in the area reported the sound of gunfire near the normally bustling border transit point.

It was not immediately clear if Afghan or Pakistani authorities closed the Torkham border crossing, near the Khyber Pass, but it comes after relations between Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban and Pakistan have deteriorated sharply.

“The border is closed, we will share details later,” a spokesperson for the Taliban administration’s police force in the eastern Afghan province of Nangahar told media. Media reported that the border was closed on Sunday evening but did not give a reason.

The Torkham border point is the main point of transit for travellers and goods between Pakistan and landlocked Afghanistan.