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Nearly 50 dead, over two dozen injured in North Waziristan tribal clashes

Iran Press TV

Sun May 10, 2015 6:21AM

Clashes between two tribes in Pakistan's North Waziristan over disputed mountain territory have claimed the lives of nearly 50 people and left tens of others wounded.

Officials and local sources said on Saturday that the exchange of fire erupted between the Mada Khel and Paipali Kabul Khel tribes, near the country's border with Afghanistan, a day earlier.

'The fight in Laoaara Mandi village in Data Khel area has so far left 47 people dead and 25 others injured,' an unnamed Pakistani security source said.

The official added that the fight for the mountain is ongoing. Both tribes claim the mountain territory in North Waziristan. According to locals, both tribes support separate militant groups operating in the area.

North Waziristan is one of Pakistan's seven autonomous tribal districts where militant groups have been hiding.

In June 2014, the Pakistani army launched its operation, called Zarb e-Azb, to fight militant groups such as Tehrik-e-Taliban, Lashkare-e- Jhangvi, and the Haqqani network after the June 8 attack on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan's major port in the south.

As many as 30,000 Pakistani soldiers are involved in the operation, which aims to clear North Waziristan region of foreign and local militants.


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