48 more dead in Kurram Agency clashes F.P. Report

Dated: 18-09-2010

PARACHINAR: The bloody clashes between Bangash and Mangal tribes continued on Friday and 48 people were killed and 61 others injured during the fresh clashes in Upper Kurram Agency. The armed supporters of both the tribes have burnt dozens of houses of each others in four villages in Shalozan, Tangi and Hewas and goods including furniture worth lakhs of rupees were put on fire. They are using heavy and light weaponry against each others' positions with intermittent intervals and inflected heavy losses to each other during the last 15 days clashes which had started over water distribution. Meanwhile, the Mangal tribes have claimed making hostage six tribesmen of Bangash tribes. The bullet-ridden bodies of eight tribesmen of Bangash were recovered from the conflict area and were shifted to Parachinar while 30 injured were admitted to agency's headquarter hospital. Dozens of houses were set on fire in the Upper Kabli, Sarang Aqil shah Kalli and Hawas areas on Friday. According to sources, at least 13 dead bodies including two commanders were sent to Paktika provice of Afghanistan. Tribal sources added that there are many dead bodies outside the trenches in the area and it is not possible to pick them up. Meanwhile, armed Taliban lashkar from Afghanistan attacked Kurram Agency murdering 30 Pakistani Turi and Bangash tribals on Thursday night. According to reports an armed lashkar of hundreds of Taliban militants attacked the Kurram Agency's village of Khevas (Shalozan) by helping the Afghan refugees Mangal tribe who forcefully occupied the mountains of Pewar and Shalozan villages. Thirty local Turi and Bangash tribals were murdered and 45 injured in this armed Taliban attack while 46 attackers mainly Taliban militants including seven foreign militants and 19 of Mangal tribals were killed and scores of others injured.

By Haji Naseer Hussain , Reporter of The Frontier Post , Pakistani Newspaper..
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