Hundreds of militants attack village in Upper Dir
NUSRAT DARRA: More than 100 militants attacked the village of Kharaa in Nusrat Darra area of Upper Dir on Wednesday, said officials. 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.
Huge explosions are also being heard in the area. 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.