30 security personnel killed after cross-border raid

Published: June 2, 2011
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Two schools destroyed, say FC sources; operation still going on, says Dir media centre. PHOTO: FILE

Two schools destroyed, say FC sources; operation still going on, says Dir media centre. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: 

The death toll from Wednesday’s militant attack ona joint police and Levies check post in Shiltalao area of Upper Dir has risen to 30, according to DCO Ghulam Muhammad.

The dead include three civilians. One woman and two policemen have been injured during the skirmishes and have been shifted to the Barawal hospital. Security forces said over 40 militants were also killed in the clashes.

Skirmishes had been going on for 24 hours in a village in Dir region, Ghulam Mohammad Khan, a top local government official, said by telephone.

“We are preparing to evacuate 25 bodies from the village,” he said, referring to police and paramilitary forces killed in the fighting that spread to a forest.

Khan said he had no figures on militant casualties.

Dir police official Dawar Ali said army troops had arrived in the area to support security forces. He said more details on the battles were hard to come by because communications had broken down in the area.

The militants had arrived in a pre-dawn operation on Wednesday dressed in military uniforms and killed one policeman.

Updated from print edition (below)

Upper Dir: Militants attack border check post, killing seven

At least seven security officials were killed, and several injured, when militants attacked a joint police and Levies check post in Shiltalao area of Upper Dir, close to the Pak-Afghan border.

The attack is the latest in a series of cross-border attacks, where militants from Afghanistan cross over and attack Pakistani check posts, said a security official.

A bridge connecting the area with Sunai Darra was also blown up by the militants to impede the flow of additional troops that were called in.

Two schools in the area were also blown up, according to Frontier Corps sources, but locals put the number of schools damaged at four. The number could not be officially confirmed because the operation is still in progress.

Gunship helicopters targeted militants who had taken control of the area and the number of casualties is expected to rise.

“We are trying to establish connection with the post, but it’s a far-flung area. What can be confirmed at the moment is that the operation is still going on,” said the Dir media centre.

Police sources confirmed that three security personnel managed to escape the attack while the driver of a police mobile was killed when a rocket hit the van. Locals said that two men and a woman were killed while two militants were sighted fleeing from the area.

Ali Said, a resident of Sro Kalay, told The Express Tribune that security was tightened late Tuesday night and a large number of police were seen till around 1:00 am. “The attack took place at around 3:00 am after which heavy firing was heard,” he added.

A person by the name of Al-Ahrabi, calling himself the spokesperson for the Malaknad Taliban, called reporters from an unknown location and claimed responsibility for the attack.

“We’ve targeted a large number of security officials and blown up eight schools,” he said, vowing to carry on such attacks.

Earlier this year in April, militants attacked a paramilitary check post in the bordering village of Kharkai in Lower Dir, killing 14 security personnel and injuring several others. Since then, security has been put on high alert in the district, particularly in the border areas.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 2nd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • akhtar nawaz
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:54AM

    25 dead! Where is the outcry? Or are men in uniform dispensable ?Recommend

  • CP
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:14AM

    Paks do it from North Waziristan, Afghnas do it from Kunar, Nuristan and adjoining region…tit for tat.Recommend

  • Fahadi
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:43AM

    Now it is Pakistan’s turn to put pressure on US to stop cross border terrorism. Karzai is a NATO and Indian puppet without any control. Indians have free hand in afghanistan supported by NATO. Where is Pakistan’s propoganda machinary. One American soldier dies the entire International medias screams at Pakistan. Recommend

  • Indian
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:44AM

    What is the solution for this inhuman activity …. What they want ….. I think main reason is they are having no work so they easily get diverted to this …. My solution to this is control the population and give the maximum employment to all .. And last from where these weapons comes to them … Break that barrier so that only defence personal should have alll the arms…. I think if this should be followed in every country… then may be some times it works Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2011 - 11:49AM

    NATO always blames Pakistan for not protecting its border towards Afghanistan…they always claimed that militants from Pakistan cross the border and attack NATO and Afghan troops…. now in this case, i am waiting for the NATO’s spokesman press statement :) Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2011 - 12:32PM

    roosters coming back home. Our Ghairath brigade will still slp anyone in their face telling them that these are not our strateggic assets. Living will be the Hameed Guls even if it cost us Pakistan. Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Jun 2, 2011 - 1:19PM

    Did these invaders not violate our sovereignty?
    Hello Imran Khan & co. Please protest against these guys tooRecommend

  • utkarsh
    Jun 2, 2011 - 1:29PM

    this massacre has not been given too much attention by the pakistani media. Are not the soldiers’s lives important. Another point–pakistan is taking a great risk and making things very complex by supporting the Afghan talibanRecommend

  • yacub
    Jun 2, 2011 - 1:56PM

    There are people from upper mir reportedly seeing more than 200 security personnel dead and scattered across the street. They also reported that security forces opened indiscriminate fire upon being ambushed which killed more than 20 children in the village. Recommend

  • Kaism
    Jun 2, 2011 - 2:10PM

    Sad News. Still we want to reconcile with any bad element? Show the Afghans Jannat and let us live in a peaceful environment.Recommend

  • Talha
    Jun 2, 2011 - 2:17PM

    Launch air strikes against targets in Afghanistan.

    These terrorists must be eliminated.Recommend

  • Chilli
    Jun 2, 2011 - 2:27PM

    Seal the borders immediately..It will be less costly than loss of life..Why we are not sealing borders seems suspicious..Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2011 - 2:58PM

    Yes, this is not our war. just say that over and over again, our people will keep on dieing. Recommend

  • Someone
    Jun 2, 2011 - 3:02PM

    Where the hell is NATO and the Americans who are responsible for Afghanistan’s borders? The Afghan border should be sealed immediately. Recommend

  • AMIR Khursoo
    Jun 2, 2011 - 3:20PM

    @yacub: this is what even i heard from my uncle in the region. How can our army behave so unprofessionally. This will produce more militants and more suicide bombers. Army is supposed to protect people and avoid colleteral damage. what if these children killed brutally were any of my sons and daughters. Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jun 2, 2011 - 3:44PM

    How did these chaps enter Dir without facing the army at Dir? Strange, right! Americans dont need all the stealth & radar evading stuff! Its free for all!Recommend

  • saher
    Jun 2, 2011 - 4:00PM

    yesterday i read in the yahoo news that 7 policemen were killed in this cross border attack, and i kept looking for it in the main headlines of Pakistani news websites: Dawn, tribune and News, and there was no sign of it. Seems it was intentionally played down.. :(Recommend

  • Sam
    Jun 2, 2011 - 5:48PM

    i wonder if all of you will ever launch such a unified attack on the anti-Pakistan propaganda!

    How many of you have gone to the Indian blogs and asked questions?
    Raise your hands and raise your voices!!

    None??? ahhhhh…. No surprises there!Recommend

  • Skin Taj
    Jun 2, 2011 - 6:15PM

    Cross Border AFGHAN TALIBAN ( ?? MERCENARIES ) attacked Pakistan check post….

    IS IT THE PART OF GREATER GAME PLAN to bring Afghan war to PAKISTAN ?? to either fully involve Pakistan into it to clear the mess by Pakistani Army after the USA exit or being ENTANGLED in it ( like BEIRUT ) for ever, so that it is considered Pakistanis own war… this is COST EFFECTIVE method to control terrorists ( anti AMERICA elements ) in this AFPAK area….and cheaper too !!!!!!!!!! ??????????Recommend

  • Mumtaz Rizvi
    Jun 2, 2011 - 6:27PM

    Now where are those elements who cry havoc upon drone strikes and were rawing when U.S killed Bin Laden at Abbot Abad. why the hell Imran Khan is quite , where is jamat-e Islami why dont they stage rally against these terrorists who ruined our soverignty and killed our peoples.the operation is inevident at north waziristan. Recommend

  • Sidra
    Jun 2, 2011 - 6:36PM

    Highly worried ! sniffing the bad situation around us.Recommend

  • Sandy
    Jun 2, 2011 - 7:27PM

    ‘Rogue’ elements in “Good Taliban” maybe behind his attack.Recommend

  • Thinking
    Jun 2, 2011 - 7:54PM

    It’s a terrible loss of life but let’s get real. India’s support in Afghanistan is for the government. The local Taliban is fighting the Afghani government. They have killed tons of Indians in Afghanistan.

    Pakistan needs to realize its enemies are Islamic fundamentalists, not India. Until that is 100% clear, Pakistan will continue on its downward spiral. Face the terrorists or stop calling yourself a country.Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jun 2, 2011 - 8:45PM

    Imran khan gone into oblivion. He’ll remember sovereignity & ghairat only when drones come, not when our soldiers get killed or when militants come to pakistan or even during PNS attack or Osama’s stay! The ghairat brigade come screaming in favour of imran, now may i ask them what do you say?
    Imran khan afterall shares dias with LeT Hafeez Saeed so how will he blame militants? Is he a patriot when he cant even condemn killing of our own soldiers? Ghairat brigade, open your eyes, or you’ll be fooled once again by people like Zaid Hamid!Recommend

  • indian guy
    Jun 2, 2011 - 9:58PM

    Imran Khan looking in the opposite direction and whistling…Recommend

  • Parvez+Mahmud
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:21PM

    @Akhtar. Why don’t you volunteer to man the border?Recommend

  • Vingi Ungal
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:26PM

    So these insurgents were situated in Afghanistan ( under control of Nato/USA) And they just crossed over into Pakitan?
    LOL……………..Its funny how these Nato/US folks complain when they cant even control the borders that they are supposed to be protecting . I think Nato/USA are not doing enough.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:49PM

    Cross border attack !!! For past 20 years militants have been crossing the border of Pakistan into India and Afganistan, for 1000’s of attacks. Now we have militants from Afghanistan attack into Pakistan ? Oh I see, these are Tehrik-e-taleban pakistanis, who attacked the Pak military post. The chickens are coming home to roost.Recommend

  • Khurram
    Jun 19, 2011 - 8:18PM

    If I may ask our Corps Commanders why had you lost the control of this area and let these criminals entrench themselves there in first place?Recommend

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