PESHAWAR - A gunfight between two tribes over disputed mountain territory close to the Afghan border on Saturday left at least 47 people dead and 25 others injured, officials and local sources said.

A security source told AFP that the Mada Khel and Paipali Kabul Khel tribes of North Waziristan had been engaged in intense fighting since Friday to try to capture a mountain, which both groups claim.

“The fight in Laoaara Mandi village in Data Khel area has so far left 47 people dead and 25 others injured,” the official said. He added that the fight for occupation of the mountain is still ongoing.

Locals in the area confirmed the violence and said that the tribes support separate militant groups in the region.

Another source, who is close to the political administration in the area, gave a lower toll, saying that 36 people were killed and 15 were injured.

North Waziristan Agency is one of country’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts where security forces have little control and militant groups thrive. The US has in the past branded these areas the most dangerous in the world, saying they are hubs for Taliban and Al-Qaeda-led militants.

Tribes in these areas often fight bloody battles to assert their control over the region.

The army started an offensive in June last year to clear the region of Taliban militants and has since claimed significant success in the operation, named Zarb-e-Azb.

Cop, mother killed in Tank attack

INP adds: A policeman and his mother were killed while another woman was injured when miscreants attacked their house in Tank on Saturday.

Police said that unidentified armed men stormed house of a policeman located in Lakki Manchan Khel locality of Tank. The cop and his mother were killed in the attack while another woman sustained serious wounds and was rushed to hospital for treatment.

The attackers managed to flee from the scene after committing the crime. The police after registering a case against unknown miscreants started investigation.