Kurram: 36 tossed off, 5 villages set aflame
PARACHINAR: According to the Dawn News on Monday, clashes between two tribes of Kurram Agency over irrigation water intensified on Sunday, claiming 34 lives. Five small village were set ablaze. Two children died when helicopter gunships shelled the troubled areas in an attempt to end the clashes but firing continued till late in the night. The death toll from clashes which began between Bangash and Mangal tribes about a fortnight ago has jumped to 134. About 200 people have been wounded. Local people said that 22 bodies retrieved from Khaiwas village on Saturday night were brought to Parachinar on Sunday. Thick smoke was seen billowing from burning houses and armed tribesmen were attacking each others’ positions with rockets and heavy guns. According to local people, armed men brunt five hamlets. The helicopter gunships targeted combatants’ positions in Shalozan and Tangi areas. The children were killed when helicopters shelled Shalozan area. The local administration has so far failed to end the fighting. An unspecified number of people have been reported missing. There are reports that over 700 houses have been set on fire. Meanwhile, tension gripped the adjacent Piwar area and lower parts of the Kurram where tribesmen have taken position on hills. The sources said that elders in the area were negotiating to broker a ceasefire between the rival groups.