Afghan-based Taliban militants kill 5 in Pak

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

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.


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