Seven militants killed by Pakistan citizens militia

A citizens' militia killed seven Taliban militants after coming under fire in Pakistan's troubled northwest, police said Sunday. Ejaz Ahmed, police chief in the Upper Dir region, said another militant was injured in a two-hour firefight late Saturday night near the village of Patrak, about seven kilometers east of Dir Khas, the region's main town and district headquarters. Ahmed said scores of militants have been trapped and killed by the militias in several villages, with police cutting off escape routes. The Taliban who were killed Saturday had been trying to flee when they came across the militiamen and opened fire, he said. "Due to heavy losses, militants have been attempting to escape the area under cover of dark, and last night's incident was one such attempt," Ahmed said. He said no civilians were killed in the fighting.