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More Than 20 Killed In Clashes Between Rival Pakistani Militant Groups

Reports from northwestern Pakistan say clashes between two Islamic militant groups over control of a valley near the Afghan border have killed at least 24 people.

Pakistani officials say a gun battle erupted on January 26 when fighters of the militant group Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan captured a base of its rival group, Ansarul Islam, in the Khyber tribal region.

Ansarul Islam fighters then tried to retake the base located in the Tirah Valley, with fighting continuing into January 26.

Most of the dead were said to be militants but some local tribesmen were also reported killed.

The remote Tirah valley shares a border with Afghanistan and leads to the plains of Bara, which connect the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the outskirts of Peshawar.

Based on reporting by AP and