Landi Kotal: 15 killed in fighting between militant factions
LANDI KOTAL: Clashes between two militant groups, Lashkar-i-Islam and Ansarul Islam, continued in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency on Sunday as the toll from two days of fighting rose to 15 dead and dozens wounded. The violence began on Saturday when loyalists of Lashkar-i-Islam leader Mangal Bagh, who is trying to control the area, attacked a stronghold of Ansarul Islam, led by Ustad Mehboob.
The two sides are using mortars and rocket-propelled grenades and there were conflicting accounts of casualties. “There’s a lot of speculation, but we have reports of 12 to 15 dead, from both sides, and dozens wounded,” said an official. Ansarul Islam claimed over its FM radio station that it had killed 18 members of Lashkar-i-Islam and captured 10.