Attack on Dir Lashkar chief foiled
DIR: An attacker was killed and two others sustained injuries when militants, apparently affiliated with Taliban, made a bungled attempt to kill the chief and senior members of the powerful lashkar of Upper Dir on Sunday evening, police and lashkar sources said.
The lashkar members and its chief, Haji Mutabar Khan, were on way to Dir, the district headquarters, from Sheringal when the militants ambushed them in Sawni area. “Three militants jumped into the front of our vehicle and tried to open fire on us, but we pre-empted and killed one and injured two of them,” said Haji Sher Muhammad, a senior member of the lashkar.
A police official of Sheringal Police Station also confirmed the killing of one militant. Another senior police official said the body of the militant had been shifted to police station in Sheringal, a major town on Dir-Kohistan strip. Sher Muhammad said the lashkar could not capture the two militants but guessed from the amount of blood on the scene that they had been injured.
Normally, the lashkar members use the powerful 4×4 double cabin pickup truck. The lashkar inflicted huge human and material losses on the Taliban militants hiding in Doog Darra area in Upper Dir in mid-2009 and forced them to flee to Afghanistan. They have now sanctuaries in Nuristan province of Afghanistan where they operate unchallenged.