Forces retake control of Upper Dir areas

Forces retake control of Upper Dir areas UPPER DIR: Pakistani security forces have regained the control of two Upper Dir areas Brawal and Nusrat Darra after the militants from Afghanistan stormed the security check posts and took over the border areas.

In the pre-dawn raid last Wednesday in Dir region, up to 400 militants crossed over from Afghanistan's Kunar province in the raid which have killed 75 militants, 28 personnel and eight civilians.

DIG Malakand Qazi Jameel-ur-Rehman told Geo News that 15 policemen and 12 levies personnel have embraced martyrdom during the clashes.

Search operation was underway in the area and more check posts have been established.

Fighting was concentrated around the Shaltalu police checkpoint, surrounded by mountains and forest about six kilometres (four miles) from the border with Afghanistan's Kunar province.

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