Upper Dir attack: 12 militants killed

Hundreds of militants moved in from Afghanistan and are fighting with ground troops, say officials.


Iftikhar Firdous July 06, 2011

NUSRAT DARRA: At least twelve militants were killed, while three have been apprehended in the ongoing operation against the Afghan militants in the Upper Dir area. Sources said the militants are firing missiles into the Bin Shahi area.

More than 100 militants from Afghanistan attacked the village of Kharaa in Nusrat Darra area of Upper Dir on Wednesday, said officials.

Two members of the local peacekeeping committee were also killed, while five were injured, according to official sources.

The attack took place early in the morning with at least a hundred militants moving in from Afghanistan, said an official from Peshawar.

The militants torched down a school and are engaged in a battle with ground troops and gunship helicopters, said another official.

Local sources said that one member of local peace-keeping committee was killed during the exchange of fire.

Militants also destroyed three schools in areas of Nusrat, Soro and Shahteer villages respectively of Upper Dir.

"According to reports from the two villages, between 550-600 militants launched the attack at around 5 in the morning and the fighting continued for several hours," police official Abdul Sattar told Reuters.

Earlier, 27 security personnel and three civilians were killed when militants rampaged a security checkpost in the village of Shaltalou in the same area in Upper Dir on June 1.

There have been five major attacks from Afghanistan in the last month, with up to 250 to 300 militants reportedly 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.

COMMENTS (13)

pashtoon | 10 years ago | Reply pakistan zindabad and army also....
Mirza | 10 years ago | Reply @Akthar: I agree with you 100%. There is no need for me to add much. The only thing I would point out is if the Indians/foreigners/non Muslims are involved (like many Islamist apologists suggest) then the army should show the bodies of these foreign terrorists to the public and absolve itself. Is Pakistan army trying to cover the identities of these foreign non Muslims? Very true, that Islamists had more pains and anger at the killing of OBL than our poor soldiers, No funeral prayers for them from the lawyers, or dharna or fatwa against their killing?
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