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10 killed in Lower Dir explosion

By Zahid Jan LOWER DIR: At least 10 people, including three US Marines, one pakistani soldier and five female students have been killed in Shahi Koto, tehsil Balam Bat, Wednesday. The blast took place near a school building and school children are among the injured. According to reports, 105 people, including five soldiers and 40…

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February 3, 2010


SAMAA VIDEO – District Headquarter Hospital Dir

SAMAA takes you the District Headquarter Hospital, Dir where the understaffing and lack of resources have become a menace for the large influx of patients here. (January 28, 2010).

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January 28, 2010


3 children killed in Dir Bala blast

Staff Report DIR BALA: Three children have been killed in the bomb blast near a house in Nangar Kari in upper Dir, official sources confirmed Wednesday. The bomb was planted near a house. The children were playing there. Three children of the same family were killed in the blast including two brothers. The children were…

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January 27, 2010


Blast outside mosque kills 15 in Lower Dir

Staff Report LOWER DIR: At least 15 people have been killed and 28 others injured in a suicide blast outside the mosque in Timar Gira Friday. The injured people have been taken to the district hospital. The eyewitnesses told SAMAA that it was a suicide explosion but it has not been confirmed yet officially. Several…

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December 19, 2009


Two more schools burnt in Dir

Staff Report PESHAWAR: Militants have burnt two more schools in Dir, SAMAA learnt Wednesday. This brings the number of damaged or destroyed institutions to more fifty for the area. According to official sources, the militants burnt a boys high school and girls primary school late night in Moranai area of Balambat in the Dir Zareen….

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August 19, 2009


Talks break down in Dir

Staff Report SWAT: Talks between local jirgas and extremists in Dir broke down Tuesday, as the extremists refused to put down their weapons. According to sources, a jirga of the Dogdarah area in Lower Dir failed to persuade extremists to put down their weapons and turn themselves in to the authorities. The jirga leaders have…

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August 10, 2009


Dir courts reopen

Staff Report CHAKDARRA: Courts in Upper Dir have resumed work after being suspended for three months during the military operation. According to the district and sessions judge of Upper Dir, the Peshawar High Court instructed all subordinate courts to get back to work. On Thursday all judges were present and on duty for the hearings….

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August 5, 2009


18 extremists killed in Dir

Staff Report DIR: Security forces killed 16 extremists and two commanders in an operation in Dir Ziran on Friday. Sources told SAMAA that the security forces, during a routine search operation in Maidan, raided a house were extremists were holed up. A heavy exchange of fire ensued, resulting in the death of two area commanders…

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July 24, 2009


Over 50 militants killed in NW Pakistan's Lower Dir

KOTA: Pakistani troops have killed over 50 militants in two days of fighting in the Lower Dir district, the military said. The security forces conducted a search and cordon operation in several villages of Lower Dir on July 19 and 20 against militants who had fled a military offensive in the neighbouring Swat valley, the…

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July 20, 2009


90% Dir, Bunir clear of militants

By Abdur Rehman PESHAWAR: The Pakistani government has claimed that a network of terrorists in Malakand Division has been destroyed and about 90 percent of Swat, Bunir and Dir have been cleared of extremists. This announcement came as officials visited the technical training centers and schools at Jalozai camp, Nowshera. “Their network has been destroyed,”…

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July 19, 2009


Dir cleared of militants: ISPR

By Zahid Jan RAWALPINDI: Dir has been cleared of militants, announced ISPR DG Major General Ather Abbas during a media briefing Tuesday. “There was no way out but to launch an operation against the militants,” he said. “The operation was started at 4:00 pm today and the government ordered it. The Frontier Corps IG is…

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April 28, 2009


National jirga, govt give Taliban April 15 deadline to get out of Dir

National jirga, govt give Taliban April 15 deadline to get out of Dir

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April 13, 2009


5 including DPO killed by kidnappers in Lower Dir

MOHMAND AGENCY: Kidnappers have killed five people including DPO Khurshid Khan and his two guards in Lower Dir Sunday. According to sources, the DPO was following the abductors of political administrator manager's brother Shoaib, when they opened fire killing him, his two guards, Ajmair Shah and Islam. Ex-district Nazim Ajmer Shah and Habibullah also died…

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March 29, 2009