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Dozens Reported Killed In Pakistani Tribal Violence

Tribesmen gather inside the remains of a burnt out house after heavy fighting in North Waziristan. (file photo)

A gunfight May 9 between two Pakistani tribes over a disputed mountain close to the Afghan border has left dozens of people dead and many others injured.

The French news agency AFP quotes unnamed officials and local sources as saying the Mada Khel and Paipali Kabul Khel tribes of North Waziristan had been engaged in intense fighting since May 8 to capture a mountain both groups claim.

The report says the fight to occupy the mountain is apparently ongoing. The report could not be independently confirmed.

North Waziristan is one of several tribal districts where Pakistani forces have little control and militant groups thrive.

Tribes in these areas often fight bloody battles to assert their control over territory.

Based on reporting by AFP