21 killed in tribal clashes in Pakistan

August 20th, 2008 - 12:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Aug 20 (Xinhua) At least 21 people were killed and 35 injured in tribal clashes in northwest Pakistan’s Kurram tribal agency Wednesday.The clashes between Bangash and Turi tribesmen entered the 14th day Wednesday and both sides used artillery, mortar and automatic weapons against each other, Geo TV channel reported.

Members of the Jirga, or tribal elders’ council, have failed to persuade the two sides to stop fighting and proposed that the security forces launch operations against them.

The clashes have forced thousands of local people to flee their houses and seek refuge in nearby areas.

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