Let's Have More Of This!
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) - Local and foreign militants fought a gunbattle in northwestern Pakistan, leaving about 30 dead, officials said Tuesday, the second clash this month in an area where the government is urging tribesmen to move against al-Qaida-linked fighters.Apparently, the body of an Arab who was in Pakistan with al Qaeda forces was found by his terrorist colleagues, who blamed the Uzbeks, and a goodly number of both have now met their maker -- who, it turns out, isn't who they thought He was. Neat.
The clash between Uzbek militants and tribesmen broke out near the town of Wana on Monday and continued Tuesday, a senior military official and a senior government official said. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were unauthorized to make media comments.
The two officials, speaking in Islamabad, said the clash was between pro-government tribesmen and foreign militants. However, a local intelligence official said the fighting was part of a feud among rival militant groups.
A clash between tribesmen and Central Asian militants in South Waziristan earlier this month killed 18 people.
Also of note: Two school children were killed and 20 injured in the fighting when a stray shell hit their school bus. Americans were not blamed for the incident.