Outraged over a suicide attack on a local mosque during Friday prayers, about 400 residents formed the militia early Saturday and began battling Taliban militants. The attack on the anti-Taliban mosque killed at least 40 people and wounded 80 others.
The militia has surrounded Taliban fighters in Shat Kas, a village where the Taliban have local support, according to officials in the Upper Dir district. The Taliban have dug into bunkers and are putting up a strong resistance, he said.
The fighting marks the first major battle between the residents of northwest Pakistan and Taliban militants.
At least 14 Taliban had been killed and four villagers had been wounded as of Sunday evening, according to local administrator Atif-ur-Rehman.
I'd say this is interesting, and I for one am glad to see locals, not just the military, supporting the war on terror. The Taliban can't be defeated in Afghanistan alone, and without the support of the locals we won't go far.
Also, Susannah, here is another example of Muslims against extremism.