Three persons killed in attack on Pak tribesmen

Three persons were killed when helicopter gunships shelled positions of rival tribesmen engaged in a bloody dispute over the distribution of water in the restive Kurram tribal region of northwest Pakistan on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010, 23:23 PM IST

Peshawar: Three persons were killed when
helicopter gunships shelled positions of rival tribesmen
engaged in a bloody dispute over the distribution of water in
the restive Kurram tribal region of northwest Pakistan on Tuesday.

The helicopter gunships struck twice during the day.

Sources said three tribesmen, who were on foot, died
when they were caught in the shelling.
Sixteen people were also injured in the air strikes
that targeted villages dominated by the Shalozan Bangash tribe
in Kurram Agency.

The Kurram militia used artillery to target positions
of the embattled tribesmen in the conflict zone.

The injured were admitted to a state-run hospital.

Nearly 150 people have killed and 200 injured in
clashes that erupted three weeks ago between two rival tribes
over the distribution of irrigation water.

The dead included 20 militants associated with the
Haqqani network that often attacks US and NATO forces in
Afghanistan.
There are reports of the entry of more armed groups
from across the border with Afghanistan and this could lead to
a fresh wave of fighting, a tribal elder told PTI.

Kurram Agency Majlis spokesman Allama Muhammad Ibrahim
and tribal elders have expressed concern over the air strikes
and shelling of innocent people by Pakistani security forces.

They said the troops should instead target extremists
who frequently infiltrate into Pakistani territory from
Afghanistan.

PTI