Toll mounts from tribal violence

April 11, 2007 at 7:47 PM
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 11 (UPI) -- Fierce fighting raged among rival groups in a remote tribal area of Pakistan for a fifth day, with dozens killed and scores wounded.

The fighting began last week and spread to different parts of Kurram Agency, one of the seven federally administered tribal areas of Pakistan near Afghanistan. The violence erupted reportedly after a gunman fired on a religious procession.

Despite the presence of security forces, fighting continued with residential areas targeted with rockets and light cannon that had forced residents to evacuate, the Dawn newspaper reported. The region has been without electricity after the main transmission line was attacked near Alizai in the Lower Kurram Agency.

The report, quoting sources, said the death toll had risen to 50, and hospitals in Parachinar, Sadda and Alizai had received 260 wounded. Parachinar has been under curfew since last Friday.

Dawn quoted residents as saying the political administration had failed to broker a cease-fire.

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