SADDA: Four more people were killed and 14 others sustained injuries in the ongoing clashes between armed tribal groups in Balishkhel village of the troubled Kurram Agency on Monday, tribal sources said.
The sources said several houses were also damaged in the clashes. At least eight people were killed and 17 others injured on Sunday in the clashes that erupted on Saturday. The sources said the security forces also targeted the trenches of the armed groups to force them stop fighting. On Sunday, the security forces had warned the warring groups to vacate their trenches by 2 p.m. but they did not do so.
Thousands of armed men belonging to Turi tribe on Sunday night attacked the Khar Killay and Sadda town but the assault was repulsed, the sources said. The combatants include members of Turi, Bangash, Mangal and other tribes, they added.
On the other hand, Assistant Political Agent Javedullah Mahsud convened a jirga of Mangal tribe elders to broker ceasefire between the two groups. The official told the elders that the political administration wanted to bring an end to the hostilities. The sources said Mangal elders agreed to the ceasefire.
PARACHINAR: Clashes between two tribal groups entered their third day in Lower Kurram Agency as five more people were killed and 13 injured in fresh fighting in parts of the agency, official sources said Monday. The tribal groups of Khwar Kalay and Balishkhel villages in Sadda tehsil opened fire on each other with automatic weapons that resulted in the death of five people. The clashes between the two groups erupted on Saturday over a land and water dispute. Residents of these villages have started migrating to safer places. On Sunday, nine persons were killed and several others injured, as the death toll of three days of fighting has mounted to 15. The situation in Balishkhel, Khwar Kalay, Shalozan, Bughdai and Luqmankhel is still tense, and the tribal people have demanded the government to take cogent measures to restore peace. app