5 killed, 5 injured in clash between rival militants groups

Published: May 21, 2012
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Firefight between Lashkar-e-Islam and Ansarul Islam began when latter's fighters attacked stronghold of LI militants. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Firefight between Lashkar-e-Islam and Ansarul Islam began when latter's fighters attacked stronghold of LI militants. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: At least five militants were killed and five others were injured when clashes erupted between Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and Ansarul Islam (AI) in the Sanda Pal area of Tirah Valley, Khyber Agency.

According to locals, the firefight between the two groups began in the early hours of Monday when fighters of AI attacked Sanda Pal, a stronghold of LI militants.

They claimed that four militants of the Mangal Bagh-led LI had been killed and two were injured, while one fighter of AI was killed and three were injured.

Clashes between the two groups occur frequently as AI fights the LI to gain control of the area.

According to sources, heavy weapons were used in the fight and AI fighters took control of a number of small outposts to reach Sanda Pal – the main outpost.

Residents living in the secluded valley have little communication with the world.

The area has been under the influence of militants, including the LI, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Ansarul Islam, who have consistently targeted each other over territorial disputes and sectarian differences.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • True Muslim Paki
    May 21, 2012 - 4:10PM

    Tribune has forgotten to add that AI has Government backing and is trying to curb the influence of LI.

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  • Mohammed Hassanali
    May 21, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Where is Pakistan Army? Frontier Constabulary? The Lkevies and so on? Militants are openly fighting and what is Military and affiliated are doing? Watching from the sideline. Bravo. PAKISTAN ARMY ZINDABAD

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  • @plarkin
    May 21, 2012 - 5:47PM

    Well done.Send more of your brethren to heaven. This is one case where every causality is a good one.

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  • A J Khan
    May 21, 2012 - 6:38PM

    Good for all. They should beat the hell out of each other.

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  • RH
    May 21, 2012 - 8:38PM

    Do they even know what ‘Ansarul Islam’ means? Or do they really think that they are the ‘helpers of Islam’? What a farce.

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  • Hella
    May 21, 2012 - 9:51PM

    Probably fighting over who follows true Islam

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  • Satan
    May 22, 2012 - 12:25AM

    Well done My disciples. Well done. You My disciples are helping to keep My vows to make the children of Adam to hate and kill each other come true. So keep on killing each other. After all no matter what you claim to be, those of you who hate and kill your own brothers, prove through your own deeds to be My most favored disciples. You all will be welcomed personally by Me, My disciples. So keep on sending your brothers to My abode.

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  • OG
    May 22, 2012 - 1:43AM

    I can see why people are happy here that these animals are killing each other. If one thinks that way then it makes them an animal too! Don’t get me wrong I don’t like any of these extremists groups one bit but instead sitting here and being happy and commenting how great it is that these guys are killing each other is just jhalaut on our side! We should find a way to educate these people and bring them into the 21st century and let go of these tribal codes and whatnot. Help them instead of sitting back and letting them kill each other! and by helping them we’ll be helping ourselves too.

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