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Nine killed as rivals clash during jirga in Upper Dir

Incident occurred over dispute on construction of a road. (Source: Tribune)

PESHAWAR: At least nine people were killed and while 16 other sustained injuries when rival groups clashed during a jirga in the Barawal tehsil of Upper Dir, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Monday.

The incident occurred during a meeting held to resolve a dispute related to the construction of a road at Ganu Cham. The attendees first engaged in a brawl but took out guns and began firing at each other.

The dead and the injured were later shifted to the district headquarters hospital (DHQ), where the staff confirmed the deaths of nine people. They further confirmed providing treatment to 16 others injured. The district police have registered a case and started further investigation.

On August 26, eight people were killed and 11 others sustained serious injuries when the residents of two villages clashed over a land dispute near Parachinar in the Kurram tribal district of K-P.

Police said that the residents of two villages, Sher Jan Kalay and Sago Kalay, had a longstanding dispute over the ownership of a piece of land.

The clash erupted after a few villagers engaged in a verbal spat with each other. The warring residents pulled out their guns and began firing at each other.

Moreover, civil society activists also demanded of the government to take notice of the situation in the area as land disputes were claiming lives at an alarming pace in Kurram tribal district without inviting much attention.