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India-Pakistan
At least 13 civilians killed North Waziristan clashes
2012-05-09
[Iran Press TV] At least 13 civilians have been killed in festivities between pro-Talibs and Pak security forces in the troubled northwestern tribal region, Press TV reports.

Fierce festivities erupted on Sunday when 15 security personnel were killed in an ambush near Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
, the capital of North Wazoo region, on Pakistain's border with Afghanistan.

The fighting continued Tuesday with a regular exchange of heavy machine gun and mortar fire near Miranshah Bazaar and the outskirts.

There were five women and three children among the civilian victims caught in the crossfire.

At least 67 others were also maimed as a result of the shelling in the nearby residential areas. Many of those injured are said to be critical condition.

Sporadic outbreaks of violence have, however, raised fears of an all-out conflict between the gunnies and government forces, which could displace hundreds of thousands of the residents.
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