Shia-Sunni clashes intensify in Kohat
KOHAT: Sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni Muslims intensified in Kohat district on Friday, with at least 22 people reportedly killed in gunbattles, a senior official said. “Dead bodies are lying inside houses and in fields,” said Qalb-e-Hassan, a newly elected provincial legislator from Kohat town.
Fighting overnight was concentrated in three Kohat villages. Tribesmen were armed with semi-automatic weapons, machine guns, mortars and rockets, and the civil authorities have asked for the army to help restore order.
“I have reports that at least 22 people were killed in fighting overnight,” said Kamran Zeb, a senior administrator in Kohat, though he added it was too unsafe to verify how many people have been killed.
The latest clashes, between men from the Mishti and Kachai tribes, brought the toll to more than 50 in an outbreak of sectarian violence that began last week. Some media reports put the toll higher.