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Fresh clashes leave 17 dead in Kurram agency

PARACHINAR: At least 17 people were killed and 35 others were wounded in fresh clashes between the warring factions in Lower Kurram. The death toll in sectarian clashes between warring groups in various parts of the Kurram agency for last 14 days has increased to 109 while 235 have been injured so far.

Fierce clashes shook 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 14 days ago over a dispute on construction of bunkers in Khar Kali and Balishkhel. The injured have been shifted to agency headquarters hospital.

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 Parachamkani and Kirman.

The 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. They demanded of the Government to play its role to end fighting in the agency.

The main road from Thal to Parachinar has been closed to traffic for the past five months, causing severe shortages of foodstuff and medicines in Upper Kurram.

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