20 Others Missing After Cross-Border Raids
Some 300 members of a militant group from Afghanistan’s Kunar Province, identified in some reports as the Afghan Taliban, crossed the border into the Bajaur Agency of Paksitan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas today, attacking three villages along the border.
At least six civilians were reported killed in the attacks and a number of others were reported wounded. 20 other tribesmen are missing and believed to have been captured by the militants, who fled back into Afghanistan.
Locals say the militants crossed through the Manro jungle, and that they fought for several hours before fleeing in the face of a tribal militia reinforced by a small number of Frontier Corps troops at nearby checkpoints.
It is the second such raid of the month, with a similar number of militants crossing from Kunar into Upper Dir, attacking a village there and killing 72. That raid was carried out by the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP)’s Malakand faction, which has been operating in Kunar since 2009.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Canada: 'Radicalized' Driver Kills Soldier in Hit and Run - October 21st, 2014
- Sweden Ready to Use Force Against Mystery Submarine - October 21st, 2014
- ISIS Pushes Back Into Iraq's Northwest, Gains Continue in Anbar - October 21st, 2014
- Overnight Gunbattle With Police Reflects Dangerous Rise of Iraq's Shi'ite Militias - October 21st, 2014
- Kobani Battle Continues as Kurds Await Reinforcements - October 21st, 2014