Cross-border raid: Militants attack 2 villages in Bajaur

Published: July 4, 2011
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Official sources also said security forces had cleared the area and a search operation was underway. PHOTO: FILE

Official sources also said security forces had cleared the area and a search operation was underway. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: At least hundred militants crossed over into Bajaur Agency from Afghanistan and attacked two villages late Sunday night.

The two villages in tehsil Mamoond came under attack at midnight. One security personnel was killed and one injured as a result of the attack, sources at tehsil headquarters in Khar confirmed.

Officials in the area said the militants had fired rockets at a tribal lashkar check-post located on a hilltop but no casualties were reported.

Official sources also said security forces had cleared the area and a search operation was underway.

The militants fled the area and crossed back into Afghanistan after the attack. The death toll could not be confirmed as the militants reportedly carried the bodies back.

There have been five major attacks from Afghanistan in the last month, with up to 250 to 300 militants crossing over and attacking posts in Dir Mohmand and Bajaur.

Afghanistan has also alleged that Pakistan has fired over 400 rockets over the border during the last month. Pakistan rejects these allegations, saying only that “a few accidental rounds” may have crossed the border when it pursued militants who had attacked its security forces.

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