UPPER DIR: At least six security personnel were killed and five went missing when militants attacked two security check-posts near the Pak-Afghan border in Barawal, Upper Dir district on Sunday, officials said.
Eleven militants were also killed as forces returned fire.
An official of the security forces said that dozens of militants attacked the check-posts of Sunai Darra and Gulunu Sar around 6 pm from across the border killing six security personnel while around five of them have still not been located.
“A patrolling party of the security forces came under attack from across the border,” said the official from Upper Dir.
“Reportedly some of the men went out of communication during the encounter,” he explained.
The fate of the missing security officials was still unclear till the filing of this report.
A spokesperson for the Malakand chapter of the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Speaking to media from an undisclosed location, the militant organisation cited a higher number of casualties.
Published in The Express Tribune, 25th, 2012.