Peshawar: 56 killed in 11 cross-border attacks in four months
PESHAWAR: Militants have launched 11 attacks from Afghanistan in less than four months that have killed 56 people, official sources say. These cross-border raids have been carried out on positions of Pakistani security forces and armed villagers in Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Chitral, Bajaur Agency and South Waziristan Agency.
The accelerated attacks, apparently, were conducted against the security forces as 45 of the 56 casualties have been suffered by Pakistani forces deployed along the porous and rugged Afghan border to check cross-border movement. “They plan attacks from those sanctuaries, cross into Pakistan and attack security forces and civilian population,” said an official, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to media.
The latest of the cross-border attacks by militants was launched in Upper Dir on Wednesday in which a resident of Nusrat Darra, who had volunteered to guard his village, was killed and several others including women were injured. Three schools were also destroyed in the attack.
“US and Nato forces are looking to other side, if not conniving, to allow militants to launch attacks inside Pakistan,” said security analyst and former secretary security Fata, Brig (Retd) Mahmood Shah. “Northern Alliance most likely has hand in these attacks,” he added. The deadliest of the cross-border raids was carried out on June 1 this year in Upper Dir’s Shaltalo village. Hundreds of militants had taken the whole village hostage for several hours and attacked a post manned by police and Levies personnel. They killed 34 people, 26 of them security officials.