2 killed in Dir Upper IED blast
DIR: Two persons were killed when the militants attacked a vehicle with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Sunrai area of Dir Upper on Thursday.
The bomb was planted on a roadside in the village situated on the border with Afghanistan. The two slain persons were identified as driver Ijaz and helper Rahim Gul. The pickup truck was carrying ration for the security forces personnel deployed on the border after the big militants attack on Shaltalo village on June 2. The cross-border attack had killed 27 personnel of the security forces and four civilians.
The vehicle was badly damaged in the blast, the sources said, adding, the security forces rushed to the spot and launched a search operation. The officials a couple of days ago had claimed that the area had been purged of the miscreants and that “no militant was found on this side of the border.” However, Thursday’s blast indicated that some militants are still hiding in the area.
The government has launched strenuous efforts to counter the militants by deploying regular forces and raising lashkars comprising armed villagers. Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti during a visit to Dir Upper on Wednesday held the US and Afghanistan equally responsible for the attack.