Fighting erupts in NW Pakistan
Pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan have broken a truce and attacked a village in Kurram Agency, leaving several casualties from both sides, Press TV reported.
A council of elders in the region had announced on Friday that Turi Bangash tribes and pro-Taliban militants have agreed on a truce and that the main Thall-Parachinar Road, which has remained closed for about four years, would be reopened within 24 hours.
However, the pro-Taliban militants on Saturday blocked the road near the Bagan village in Lower Kurram and prevented a convoy, which had left Parachinar for Thall. They said that they did not accept any deal for reopening the road.
On Sunday afternoon, pro-Taliban militants from Khar Kaly Sadda in Lower Kurram attacked the neighboring Turi Bangash village of Blashkhel, but faced tough resistance, Dawn newspaper reported.
Kurram tribal agency is located in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas area in the northwestern part of Pakistan, neighboring Afghanistan.
In the ensuing clashes, conflicting reports reached about the casualties.
One report said six Turi Bangash tribesmen and two pro-Taliban militants were injured, while another report said that more than 20 pro-Taliban militants were killed.
The reports could not be confirmed independently as each side had taken away the bodies of their associates.
The pro-Taliban militants are against the Turi Bangash tribes because they did not allow Talibanization in the Upper and Lower Khurram.