Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Kurram clashes claim another 25 lives

Kurram clashes claim another 25 lives
By Our Correspondent 
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A security official said that three militant commanders belonging to the adjacent North Waziristan tribal area were also wounded in the fighting. — AFP/File

PARACHINAR: Clashes between rival groups continued in the Kurram tribal region on Sunday night leaving another 25 people dead.

Reports of fierce clashes have been received from Mangek, Makhzai, Jindari and Tangi areas of Lower Kurram where warring groups attacked each other with heavy weapons.

A local elder said that 25 bodies had been found in the conflict-hit areas and scores of people had suffered injuries.

He said that heavy fighting was under way in Tangi and Mangek areas where about 30 armed men holed up in a government school had been besieged by rivals.

Recent clashes had left over 100 people dead on both sides and dozens others injured.

A senior official in Peshawar told Dawn that violence subsided on Monday after security forces had dislodged armed men from two important positions.

'A ceasefire is expected in the next 24 hours,' he said, adding that local administration personnel were negotiating with elders from both sides. He said that the ceasefire would become effective after security forces took control of the main hills in Lower Kurram. The official said that a mortar shell hit a house in Sadda, killing one man.

Another official said that three militant commanders belonging to the adjacent North Waziristan agency were also wounded and they were shifted to a private hospital in Doaba in Hangu district.

Several rockets fired from Parachemkani landed on the outskirts of Parachinar, but did not cause any damage. Both sides have accused each other of violating a peace deal signed in Islamabad in October last year.

AFP adds: A clash erupted when militants, heading to the eastern Afghan province of Khost, were crossing an area dominated by the Toori tribe late on Sunday, local administration official Siddiq Ahmed said.

SOURCE: http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/09-fierce-clashes-kill-25-in-kurram-tribal-region-szh--06





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