Hundreds of militants on Friday again besieged a Pakistani area on the Afghan border, shortly after troops claimed to have regained control after fighting killed 34 people.
"Militants have attacked again. There are hundreds of them. They have besieged the area and torched a government school," regional police chief Qazi Jamil ur-Rehman told AFP, saying that they had attacked from Afghanistan.
Rehman said reinforcements and helicopter gunships had been moved into the Nusrat Darra area in the northwestern Upper Dir district of troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in order to quell the attack.
The area is around 10 kilometres from the Shaltalu checkpost which was destroyed by militants in two days of intense fighting, killing 28 policemen and six civilians. Police said up to 45 militants were also killed in those clashes, which started on Wednesday.