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28 Taliban killed in clash with Kurram tribesmen

Daily Times

Thursday, July 02, 2009


28 Taliban killed in clash with Kurram tribesmen

* Tribesmen appeal for troops' help amid intensifying battles
* Seven tribesmen also killed in gunbattle

PARACHINAR: Tribesmen attacked Taliban hideouts in Kurram Agency, killing 28 Taliban on Wednesday as the intensifying battles prompted them to ask for army troops to help, said a local lawmaker.

At least seven tribesmen were also killed in the clash in Kurram which was the latest in two weeks of battles between the Taliban and tribesmen there that have killed 141 people – including more than 100 Taliban, said two government officials.

Sajid Hussain Toori, a lawmaker from Kurram, said the Taliban were moving into Kurram from the Swat valley. He said hundreds of tribesmen took part in the attack early on Wednesday, triggering a gunbattle that killed 28 Taliban and seven tribesmen.

"Kurram is an important place because the Taliban can cross the Afghan border from here easily," said Toori. "The lashkar is facing these armed Taliban, but we request that the government send troops to Kurram to fight the Taliban as quickly as possible." ap




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