Army operation rids Upper Dir of militants

Brigadier Saqib said more than 70 militants were killed in the army operation.


Express October 21, 2011

UPPER DIR: Pakistan army took control over the border areas of Upper Dir after conducting a cleanup operation against militants on Friday.

Talking to reporters, Operation Incharge Upper Dir, Brigadier Saqib said more than 70 militants were killed in the army operation while hundreds had fled the battlefield after sustaining injuries.

Brigadier Saqib said that the militants had killed scores of people including 172 locals had while injuring 48 since the onset of the infiltration in the area.

He added that the militants had destroyed infrastructure in the area too, including seven schools which the army has decided to rebuild using the Army Special Fund along with a mosque.

Earlier in September at least 15 Taliban insurgents were killed in a gunfight with the security forces near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. One security official and a volunteer of a tribal lashkar were also killed in the clash that took place near Kharkai hill in Upper Dir district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Dozens of security personnel have been killed in cross-border attacks in Dir and Chitral by Taliban insurgents who have found safe havens in northeastern Afghan provinces of Kunar and Nuristan.

(Read: Fighting militancy: 15 insurgents killed in Dir firefight)

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