Pakistans Clash between 2 tribes 15 dead

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The two tribes fought over the ownership of a coal mine and they were equipped with ‘powerful firearms.

At least 15 people were killed and several others were injured in a long bloody clash between two tribes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northwestern Pakistan, police officials said on Tuesday.

The decadeslong dispute between the two tribes was regarding the ownership rights of a coal mine in Dara Adam Khel district near the border region of Afghanistan.

Armed men from the tribes attacked each other on Monday with assault rifles over the boundary fixing decision of the mine.

While one tribe marked the boundaries of their territory in the mountainous area, the other tribe opened fire on them from an elevated position, said the police.

The tribes were equipped with “powerful firearms” said Farhan Khan, a senior police official.

The Dara Adam Khel district is home to the largest coal reserves in the region. Mining is one the most vital sources of employment and income for the local community.

Every year, scores of people in Pakistan are killed because of coal mine explosions.

While disputes between tribes in the area are common, such violent clashes are very rare.

Previously, several jirgas tribal councils of elders responsible for settling disputes had failed to yield any resolution to the dispute between the tribes.

After the shooting, the situation in the area had been brought under control with the help of a local jirga, said the police.

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