UPPER DIR: Fire breaks out in a far flung mountainous village of Upper Dir district that reduced around 20 houses to ashes in Atrango Tangi area, the police said.

Locals feared that militant might have set the village on fire.

Theys said that the village comprised of 20 houses caught fire mysteriously late last night that engulfed the whole village. However, no loss of life reported as its inhabitants have shifted to plain areas as the start of winter and there was no one present.

The police, quoting locals, said that some people saw huge flames bellowing from the houses last night, adding that when they reached the fire had spread to all houses and burnt them completely.

It seems militants have set all houses on fire, said Sajid Khan, a local resident, adding that the village is located on top of mountains that could not be accessed easily.

Owners of the houses said that they had no enmity with anyone and informed that same incident happened in the past, urging the government to investigate it.

They also appealed for financial assistant from the government so that they could reconstruct their houses as all of the owners were poor.

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