Afghan-based Taliban militants kill 5 in Pak
Last Updated: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 21:46
Islamabad: Nearly 300 heavily armed Taliban militants from Afghanistan on Thursday stormed a border village in Bajaur tribal region in northwest Pakistan, killing five people, including two women, in the third such cross-border attack this month.

The militants, armed with rockets, mortars and machine guns, targeted Mamoond village in Bajaur, located near the border with Afghanistan's Kunar province.

"Some 250-300 militants targeted civilians in Mamoond. At least five civilians, including two women were killed," Geo TV quoted a local government official as saying.

He said three women were also wounded in the attack, which took place about 65 kilometres northwest of Khar, the main town in Bajaur.

"We have sent army and paramilitary troops to the area as we got reports that militants are still present there," a security official said.

"Some militants also kidnapped aman lashkar members," the official said.

The Pakistan Army had been conducting several operations against the Taliban and other militant groups in Bajaur tribal agency since 2008. The military has said it has flushed militants out of the region.

Earlier this month, hundreds of Afghan Taliban militants besieged Shalotal area of Upper Dir district in Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa killing 27 security personnel and seven civilians.

The militants also destroyed several schools, government buildings and mosques in the area.

Pakistan has conveyed "strong concern" to the Afghan government over the cross-border attacks.

During his recent visit to Islamabad, President Hamid Karzai said Pakistan and Afghanistan need to act "aggressively and effectively" to root out terrorists and their sanctuaries from both countries.


First Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 21:46

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