Death toll 91 as Kurram clashes spread

PARACHINAR (Online) – The death toll in sectarian clashes between rival groups in various parts of the Kurram Agency has reached 91, with 175 people injured. 

Fierce clashes spread to parts of Lower Kurram and the two groups were consolidating their positions. The locals said influx of Taliban from Swat, Dir and other areas is worsening the situation. Sources said the fighting started in the region 12 days ago over a dispute on construction of bunkers in Khar Kali and Balishkhel. 
Both sides have been accusing each other of seeking assistance from outsiders. Local people said that fresh clashes had erupted in Balishkhel, Khar Kali, Sangina, Mangak, Kochi Para-chamkani and Kirman. Kurram Agency has seen frequent clashes over the past two years. 
Residents said that ‘movement of the militants’ in the area had caused sectarian clashes. The main road from Thall to Parachinar has been closed to traffic for the past five months, causing severe shortages of foods and medicines in Upper Kurram.

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