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ISLAMABAD, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Four soldiers were killed and six others injured in an attack by Afghan terrorists near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province on Wednesday, a Pakistani army statement said.

The attack took place when Pakistan's paramilitary troops Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were engaged in border fencing activity along the border in Zhob district of the province, the military's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

"Terrorists from across Afghanistan ambushed FC troops moving for fencing... FC troops responded promptly," the statement added, without mentioning the loss reported on the militants' side.

The injured soldiers were sent to a military hospital in the provincial capital of Quetta, said the statement.

The Pakistani army is fencing Pakistan's nearly 2,600-km border with Afghanistan, and according to military sources, around 90 percent of work on the fencing has been completed.

According to earlier statements by the ISPR, the fence is being erected to stop terrorist activities, militants' infiltration from the border and illegal activities including smuggling from Afghanistan.

Pakistani officials and experts believe that a significant reduction in militancy along the border areas will be witnessed after the completion of the fencing process.

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