Khyber clash leaves 20 dead, 50 injured
ISLAMABAD(PAN): A clash between tribesmen and a militant group left at least 20 people dead and more than 50 others wounded in Pakistan's lawless tribal region of Khyber near the border with Afghanistan, an official and residents said on Saturday.
The clash erupted in Tirah valley of Bara sub-district, the agency's headquarters, on Friday evening following the murder of a religious scholar of Zakhakhel tribe, Maulana Hasan.
Fighters loyal to a notorious militant leader, Mangal Bagh, abducted Hasan two days ago and his dead body was found on Friday in the area, a resident, Stori Gul, said.
In retaliation, Zakhakhel tribesmen attacked Lashkar-i-Islam activists on Friday evening in Tira, Mohammad Rafiq, an official, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
In the ensuing clashes, at least 20 people from both sides have been killed and more than 50 injured.
The tribesmen also burnt Bagh's house and forced out his loyalists from the Zakhakhel bazaar, he said.
Reports said most of casualties suffered by Lakhkar-i-Islam fighters. Locals said Mangal Bagh was also injured in the clash.
The clash came a week after 13 Pakistani soldiers, including two officers, were killed in a clash with militants in the same area.
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