Pak troops foil cross border attack in Lower Dir, kill six militants

LOWER DIR: Security forces effectively thwarted a cross border attack by militants in Lower Dir killing six terrorists on Wednesday.

According to military sources 70-80 terrorists launched an attack on Pakistani check-posts from across the Pak-Afghan border.

In the ensuing battle, Pakistani security forces killed six militants and effectively foiled the attack. Nine militants were injured.

“About 70 to 80 terrorists physically attacked the posts, six terrorists were killed and nine injured due to an effective response by Pakistani troops,” a security official said.

The attack occurred on Tuesday night near a post between Tripaman and Inkal Sar in the Lower Dir district, close to the Afghan border in the country´s restive northwest.

Militants based in Afghanistan have attacked Pakistani security posts a number of times souring the diplomatic ties between Islamabad and Kabul. Islamabad has blamed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah for the attacks.

Fazlullah is believed to be hiding somewhere in Afghanistan´s Nuristan province.

Pakistan´s military has been fighting an offensive against the Pakistani Taliban in the restive North Waziristan tribal district since mid-June.