At least 16 people have been killed in a long-running land dispute in north-west Pakistan. Gunfire broke out between the Akhorwal and Suni Khel clans in Darra Adam Khel, around 100 km from Afghanistan. Both groups were armed, and the fighting, which started after a jirga failed to resolve the land issue, lasted for a few minutes and resulted in a high death toll. Twelve individuals from Suni Khel and four from Akhorwal died in the violence, while four more were injured. Conflicts between clans are common in Pakistan but can escalate and become violent in remote mountainous regions like Darra Adam Khel, where communities are bound by codes of honour. Police claim the situation is now under control following the intervention of jirga elders.
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