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16 killed in TTP, AI clashes in Tirah

14 March, 2013

BARA: At least 16 militants were killed and 12 others were injured in fresh clashes between banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Ansarul Islam in Maidan area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency, tribal sources said on Wednesday.

The sources said that over 299 fighters of TTP descended from Drey Stani hilltop, bordering the Kukikhel area, to Narkhaw area populated by Qambarkhel Afridi tribe in Ansarul Islam-controlled Maidan part of the valley on Tuesday evening and occupied two dozens of houses.

Subsequently, around 600 volunteers of AI from different parts of Maidan moved to Narkhaw and launched the counter-attack. The sources said the fighting between the groups was going on till filling of this report.

They said that 10 TTP militants and six volunteers of AI were killed and 12 others from both sides were injured.A commander of AI for Narkhaw area was also among the dead. The sources said more than 15 houses were torched by TTP militants.

"At first the TTP were trying to move forward and occupy more villages but our fighters contained the enemy to Narkhaw," a commander of AI Kaptan Khan told. He confirmed the death of six AI members and claimed to have killed 13 militants of TTP.

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