Balochistan: Grass-cutting row in small village claims 11 lives

Member of Maachi tribe was shot dead over trespassing, cutting grass by a member from Peecho tribe: local official


Afp May 09, 2014
Member of Maachi tribe was shot dead over trespassing, cutting grass by a member from Peecho tribe: local official PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: At least 11 people were killed and five others injured in a tribal dispute over grass-cutting rights in a rural area of Balochistan, officials said on Friday.

The incident happened on Thursday evening in Jhal Magsi town, south of Quetta.

Disputes over water and grass for animal feed are not uncommon in arid, desolate Balochistan and as many people carry weapons, these disputes often turn violent.

"A member of the local Maachi tribe was shot dead over trespassing and cutting of grass by a member from Peecho tribe, which triggered a conflict," local administration official, Arbab Khan told AFP.

He said members of Maachi tribe entered a Peecho house and opened fire, killing eight people on the spot, while two more later died in hospital.

Another senior local administration official, Tariq Khan confirmed the incident.

COMMENTS (1)

Khadar Basha | 7 years ago | Reply

These incidents continue to happen as long as people are allowed to carry guns. A small provocation result in bloodshed. Government should seize all weapons from private persons.

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