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Tit-for-tat Pakistan blood feud attacks leave 12 dead

  • Published at 04:49 pm October 18th, 2019
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Extra police have been deployed to the area and an operation launched to find those responsible for the shootings

At least 12 people were killed in attacks Thursday launched by two rival armed groups in northwest Pakistan linked to a long-running feud, officials said.

Armed members of one tribe first attacked a rival group, killing two people, Fahad Wazir, a senior government official told AFP.

Later a passenger van passing through the territory of the second tribe was shot up, leaving ten passengers dead and five injured.

"At least 12 people were killed in both the attacks today, both these rival groups from two separate tribals had an old enmity," Wazir told AFP. He added that one woman was among the dead and some of the wounded were in a critical condition.

More than 32 people have so far been killed as part of the feud.

Mohammad Arif Khan, the top police official in the remote town of Tank where the incident took place, told AFP the two tribes have attacked each other at regular intervals since the feud began with an honour killing 22 years ago.

Extra police have been deployed to the area and an operation launched to find those responsible for the shootings, officials said.