According to reports from the region, hundreds of Taliban fighters launched another attack from Afghanistan on a village in a remote area of northwestern Pakistan. From Dawn/AFP:
Scores of armed militants crossed the border from Afghanistan on Thursday and stormed a village in the country’s tribal belt, killing five civilians, Pakistani officials said.
The militants targeted Mamond village in Bajaur district, which borders the Afghan province of Kunar, despite the presence of Pakistani security checkpoints erected to check Taliban militants.
“Some 250-300 militants targeted civilians in Mamond. At least five civilians, including two women were killed,” local government official Fazle Akbar told AFP.
Akbar 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 told AFP.
“Some militants were also killed when troops in the area responded, but we do not know the number of casualties yet,” the official said.
Since the end of April, the Taliban have launched two similar attacks. On April 22, a large Taliban force estimated at several hundred strong overran a Frontier Corps checkpoint in Pakistan’s northwestern district of Lower Dir, killing 16 security personnel during a protracted battle. And on June 1, a large Taliban force attacked a police station in Upper Dir, sparking three days of heavy fighting that resulted in 40 security personnel and 45 Taliban killed.
The Taliban attacks from Afghanistan highlight the deteriorating security situation in northeastern Afghanistan, specifically in the provinces of Kunar and Nuristan. Qari Zai Rahman, the dual-hatted Taliban and al Qaeda leader who operates in Pakistan’s tribal agencies of Bajaur and Mohmand, as well as in Afghanistan’s provinces of Kunar and Nuristan, is likely behind these attacks.
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