Five pro-Taliban militants were killed in North-west Pakistan when an attempt to over-run a Frontier Corps (FC) outpost was foiled by the Pakistani security forces. The alleged attack took place in the Dhand area, near the town of Hangu, located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The FC officials claimed that armed forces suffered no casualties during the incident.

Local sources said that the attack occurred on yesterday morning, when a group of insurgents tried to storm the FC outpost located near Hangu. According to the local witnesses, the militants were armed with AK-47 machine guns and rockets. The insurgents fired two rockets towards the outpost, and opened indiscriminate gun fire, forcing the local security forces to retaliate.

It is not immediately known how many insurgents were involved in the attack, but the army said that the remaining militants, including a number of the injured ones managed to flee to the neighbouring hilly regions. Bodies of five militants, who were killed during the counter-strike by the FC were recovered later, and handed over to the local police force. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, although the local media have blamed militant groups affiliated to the Pakistan Taliban.

Later an army contingent arrived at the scene of the incident, and conducted a search operation to nab the perpetrators of the attack, with the help of the local FC servicemen. Although they conducted search operations covering a wide area, no traces of the attackers could be found, and the mission was called off later. The army sources have announced that they will increase the security in the region.

The district of Hangu is separated from Afghanistan by the Kurram and Orakzai Agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, although it lies only about 30 miles to the East of the Afghan border. During the last 24 months, there have been two suicide attacks in the region, and a major military operation was conducted here by the Pakistan Army four years ago targeting Taliban insurgents.