In April 2009 Taliban from neighbouring areas entered the district following a peace deal with the government in Swat, Taliban fighters took over government buildings and killed those who resisted. On 22 April 2009, the Taliban took over the town forcing the police to retreat to their stations while they looted aid agency offices. However, on 29 April 2009 the army were deployed in the town as part of an effort to drive out Taliban militants from Buner. It is one of the top 100 hotspots of lightening according to the research published in one of the reputed journal SCIENCE. The data obtained from satellite between January 1998 and December 2013 showed that this area observed 143 flashes of lightening per km 2 per year.