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http://www.ctv.ca / Wednesday July. 6, 2011.
People mourn the death of their family member who was shot dead in Karachi, Pakistan on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. (AP / Fareed Khan).
The Associated Press / Date: Wednesday Jul. 6, 2011 9:43 AM ET.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Hundreds of militants crossed from Afghanistan and attacked several border villages in Pakistan on Wednesday, triggering shootouts with local militias that killed at least five people, police said.
It was the latest in a spate of such cross-border attacks, which have raised tensions between Kabul and Islamabad and undermined efforts on both sides to crack down on al-Qaida and the Taliban.
Pakistan has complained that militants coming from Afghan bases have killed at least 55 members of the security forces and tribal police over the last month. Afghan officials have complained that Pakistan has launched hundreds of rockets into eastern Afghanistan since May, killing at least 40 people.
Paramilitary troops and police were sent to the villages attacked Wednesday in Upper Dir district to help armed Pakistani tribesmen there who trying to fend off the insurgents, local police official Gul Fazal Khan said.
The militants torched two schools and a mosque in the village of Nusrat Dara, and destroyed a school in the adjoining village of Saro Kili, said Ghulam Mohammed, a top government official in Upper Dir. They used rockets, mortars and heavy machine-guns along with assault rifles.
Security forces killed three militants and captured three others during the fighting, he said. Two members of a militia fighting the militants were killed and two others wounded, he added.
Information from the area is difficult to verify independently because it is remote and dangerous.