Rival groups clash in northwest Pakistan, at least 10 killed

July 19, 2008 09:51

A government official says at least 10 Taliban have died in fierce fighting between two rival militant groups in northwestern Pakistan. Syed Ali said Saturday that between 10 and 15 men died Friday when hundreds of supporters of top Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud clashed with a breakaway faction of the group in the Mohmand tribal region. A spokesman for Mehsud's group who identified himself as Dr. Asad claims they killed 15 militants of the rival group and captured 120 others, including their top commander Shah Khalid. He says they would try them under Islamic laws.

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