One soldier and "scores" of militants, including an "important commander," were killed in gunbattles with the Taliban in Dir district on Sunday, the military said. The clashes took place in Lower Dir, one of seven districts in Malakand, where the government agreed to put three million Pakistanis under Islamic law in a bid to end a Taliban uprising concentrated in the district of Swat. Security forces launched operations against militant hideouts in Islampura and Lal Qila in Lower Dir at the request of the North West Frontier Province government and the people of Dir district, according to a military statement. "Heavy exchanges of fire took place at Kaladag and reportedly scores of militants have been killed, including an important local commander," the statement said. "One security forces personnel also embraced martyrdom while four others were injured," it said. "Intense exchanges of fire took place at Lal Qila," it said, while a local security official said that forces had secured the control of the area. "One soldier was killed and five others were wounded in an attack by militants," a security official earlier told a foreign news agency saying that a military convoy passing through the area had been ambushed. Two seriously wounded soldiers were evacuated to Peshawar.