8 more killed in Kurram violence
PESHAWAR: Eight people were killed and 10 others injured in fresh violence between rival groups of the Kurram Agency on Saturday, raising the death toll of the past eight days in the area to 35.
Five tribesmen — Qadir Gul, Hamid Hussain, Rafique, Taib Khan and Abdul Hanan — were killed, and 10 injured, during a clash in the Marro Khel area of Lower Kurram Agency. Of the injured, three were critically wounded and have been taken to hospitals.
Similarly, three people were shot dead by armed rival groups in the areas of Balishkhel, Sadda, Karman, Para Chamkani, Pewar and Teri Mengal.
The political administration of the Kurram Agency has engaged the local elite and tribal elders to arrange a ceasefire and to restore normalcy to the agency. According to reports, the tribesmen are targeting each other’s positions with light and heavy weaponry.
The area has been without any electricity for the past month, while telephone service in the area was suspended when militants attacked a telephone facility in Sadda on Friday.
The Thal-Parachinar Road has also been closed to all vehicular traffic for the past month, resulting in an acute shortage of daily staples, medicines, diesel and petrol.
The agency has been in the grip of armed clashes for the past eight days, during which time over 35 persons have been killed and around 80 injured.