PESHAWAR At least 80 people died in two days of clashes between the Pakistan security forces and Afghan militants who crossed the border and attacked a checkpoint in Upper Dir district bordering Afghanistan. According to reports from the area, 27 policemen, eight civilians and 45 militants were killed in the intense fighting. Eyewitnesses said that up to 200 to 300 well-equipped militants, who reportedly wore military and police uniforms, attacked the check post situated in the mountainous area in the wee hours on Wednesday and the fight continued for more than 36 hours. The militants blew up at least five schools as well and it was reported that Afghan militants had the assistance of local militants. The official sources said that heavy weapons and gunship helicopter were also used to repulse the attack. The eight civilians killed during the fight included two teens, four women and a prayer leader. The martyred policemen included Rehmat Khan, Shujaat Ali, Shahzullah, Wazir Mohammad, Ihsanullah, Juma Baz Khan, Syed Nawab, Abdullah, Aqeel Zada, Sabz Ali, Imran Khan, Nasir Khan, Shamsul Rehman, Jamaludeen, Shah Zalmay, Bakht Rawan, Jehanzeb, Mohammad Hayat, Anwarullah, Zahir, Lal Zada, Shakirullah, Shakeel and Farman. The funeral prayers of the slain policemen were offered here and later the bodies were dispatched to their respective villages. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IGP Fayaz Khan Toru, Malakand DIG Qazi Ghulam Farooq, Upper Dir DPO and DCO, elders and government officials attended the funeral. The sources said that so far only 15 dead bodies of the militants have been recovered while the militants took the rest of the bodies with them. The law enforcement agencies imposed a curfew in the area for some time and a deep sense of fear gripped the area. Talking to media, the IGP said that he was proud of his men who bravely fought against the militants and sacrificed their lives for the country. Upper Dir is adjacent to the Kunar province of Afghanistan from where these militants crossed into Pakistan. Staff Reporter from Islamabad adds:?Pakistan Thursday conveyed her strong concern to Afghanistan on the cross-border attack launched from the territory of Afghanistan in Dir by some 300-400 militants. Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir while conveying these concerns to the Ambassador of Afghanistan stressed the need for stern action by the Afghan Army, US and NATO/ISAF forces in the area against militants and their hideouts in Afghanistan, and against organisational support to the militants.