UPPER DIR - On the fifth day of clashes with militants that intruded from neighbouring Afghanistan into Upper Dir, the security forces on Sunday regained the control of Brawal, Shaltalu and Nusrat Darra areas. DIG Malakand Qazi Jameelur Rehman told media persons that 85 militants have been killed, while 15 policemen and 12 levies personnel also embraced martyrdom during the clashes, which erupted after the militants from Afghanistan stormed the security check posts and took over the border areas. Search operation was underway in the affected areas and more check posts have been established while the aerial surveillance of the area was also being conducted. He said fighting was concentrated around the Shaltalu police checkpoint, surrounded by mountains and forest about six kilometres from the border with Afghanistans Kunar province. He said the residents of the area are returning to their homes. Meanwhile, a 5,000-strong lashkar has been formed in Upper Dir which will conduct joint operations with the military against the militants. The members of the lashkar vowed to establish peace at all costs. The total death toll in the clashes has reached well over hundred so far and a considerable number of fighting forces including security forces personnel and militants were reportedly injured as well as some of civilians that received injuries in these encounters.