Attack on anti-Taliban militia in Dir kills 4


PESHAWAR: Four members of anti-Taliban private militia were killed in Upper Dir District when militants from Afghanistan stormed the force chief’s house, killing him and three members of his family, local police said on Saturday. The pro-government militia was guarding the district against the Taliban, after the military pushed out Fazlullah-led Taliban in Malakand during the operation in 2009. “Late Friday night, the militants stormed the house in Tenai Dara village killing the militia chief Nazmeen Khan, his two sons and nephew,” said local police, adding, “three other family members, including a woman, also injured in the attack where her condition was stated critical.” Quoting eyewitness accounts according to police, the Taliban had crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan where they were hiding in Kunar and Nooristan provinces bordering the Bajaur tribal regions, Upper Dir and Chitral districts. Islamabad has been asking Fazlullah’s handover, who replaced Hakeemullah Mehsud as chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan last year. The militia members retaliated killing the two fleeing militants, according to local journalists. “The anti-Taliban militia and the military are searching border areas for the militants.” Militants loyal to Pakistani and Afghan Taliban staged several attacks on the security forces and checkposts and pro-government elders leaving many dead since them fleeing to Afghanistan. 

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